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Preparing to avoid H1N1 or swine flu

August 26, 2009

With students returning to campus this week and the start of classes scheduled for next week,flu Temple’s Student Health Services is being proactive in helping students take steps to avoid the N1H1 virus or swine flu.

Among the steps they are recommending:

Hand hygiene:
Practice good hygiene by frequently washing hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing, and before eating. Alcohol – based hand cleaners are also effective.

Cover coughs and sneezes:
Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands. Throw your used tissues away immediately and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.

Know the signs and symptoms of the Influenza (the flu):
The symptoms of H1N1 flu virus include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if the person feels very warm, has a flushed appearance, or is sweating or shivering.

Get vaccinated:
They recommend that all students receive the vaccination for the seasonal flu.

In addition, Student Health Services is recommending that students bring their own thermometer, hand sanitizer, cold medications, tissues, cleansing agents, and any additional items they may need in the event of illness.

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