If You Are Sick . . .
If you come down with symptoms which may indicate H1N1 infection:
- Contact the University using this form
- Stay home (or in your residence hall room or apartment) and call and consult with your health care advisor. Be sure to alert them that you suspect possible H1N1 infection.
What happens after a diagnosis of H1N1?
- If you are diagnosed with H1N1, you will be expected to refrain from attending work or classes. Your health care provider may prescribe an antiviral medication (Tami-flu or Relenza). You must follow your health care provider’s instructions. Rest and drink plenty of fluids. Notify your health care provider if your condition worsens.
- If you have a severe infection related to H1N1, you may require hospitalization. Contact your healthcare provider, or dial 911 in case of a medical emergency.
- In the event of an outbreak, the University will use its well-prepared pandemic flu plan to separate well students from those who are ill and step up measures to contain the spread of illness.
Taking Care of Yourself If You Are Sick
If you have been diagnosed with H1N1 flu, you should stay home, follow your doctor’s orders, and watch for signs that you need immediate medical attention.
- CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever (100°F or 37.8°C) is gone except to get medical care or for other things you have to do and no one else can do for you. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine, such as Tylenol®.) You should stay home from work, school, travel, shopping, social events, and public gatherings.
- Avoid close contact with others, especially those who might easily get the flu, such as people age 65 years and older, people of any age with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), pregnant women, young children, and infants.
- Clean hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub often, especially after using tissues or coughing/sneezing into your hands.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Wear a facemask when sharing common spaces with other household members to help prevent spreading the virus to others. This is especially important if other household members are at high risk for complications from influenza. See Interim Recommendations for Facemask and Respirator Use to Reduce Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Transmission.
- Drink clear fluids such as water, broth, sports drinks, or electrolyte beverages made for infants to prevent becoming dehydrated.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Get medical attention right away if you:
- Have difficulty breathing or chest pain
- Have purple or blue discoloration of your lips
- Are vomiting and unable to keep liquids down, or
- Show signs of dehydration, such as feeling dizzy when standing or being unable to urinate