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2009 H1N1 (Swine) Flu

2009 H1N1 (Swine) Flu is a new influenza virus causing illness in people. This new virus was first detected in the U.S. in April 2009, and has spread to many countries around the world.

 

Current Campus Status Report

[01.22.10]  As with the rest of the nation, we are currently not seeing many with flu like illness at the present time.  Now that the H1N1 vaccine is readily available we will no longer be advising students to go home to self isolate for flu like illness.  Despite that, it is still important to practice all the appropriate hygiene measures and stay on bed rest when sick with a fever.  The FLU check test will remain on our website as a guide for the need to be seen by a clinician.  For those of you who would like to receive the H1N1 vaccine and have not done so, it is not too late.  You can come by the Student Health Center on Tuesday afternoons between 1:30pm – 4:30pm or Friday mornings between 9:00am – 11:30am.   Remember, there is no charge for the vaccine.  If you cannot come during those hours please call Student Health at 395-2102 to be advised of other options.

[12.08.09] There is still a small number of H1N1 flu shots available at student health.  Students, faculty or staff can come by during normal business hours through Friday 12/11/09 and get the shot at no cost.  We also have a very small number of seasonal flu shots available to STUDENTS only.  If you are a student and would like the seasonal flu shot before you go home for break make sure to stop by Student Health.  All of us at Student Health wish you and yours a safe, happy and healthy holiday season.   Enjoy the break and be well!

[12.04.09] There will be an H1N1 clinic held in Willett on Saturday, December 5, 2009 during the Men's home basketball game at 2:00 p.m.  The clinic will start during the pre-game and conclude after half-time or as supplies last.  The vaccine is recommended even if you have had flu like illness.  Those who have had a lab test confirmed case of H1N1 do not need to be vaccinated.  We are not likely to have any more seasonal vaccine.  If you have not yet received that vaccine consider getting it while you are at home over Winter break.  If you are unable to make the shot clinic, please call 434.395.2102 for more information.  Again- it is a busy time of year for everyone and getting run down increases the possibility of catching something.  Don't forget to get proper rest, eat well, wash your hands, cover your cough, share a smile but not your stuff and stay home when you are sick.

[11.23.09] The H1N1 injectable vaccine is now available to all members of the campus community for free.  A variety of clinic times and locations will be occurring through the end of the semester.  You will find shot clinic info on the student health homepage.  The vaccine is recommended even if you have had flu like illness.  Those who have had a lab test confirmed case of H1N1 do not need to be vaccinated.  We are not likely to have any more seasonal vaccine.  If you have not yet received that vaccine consider getting it while you are at home over Thanksgiving break.  If you are unable to make the shot clinics, please call 434.395.2102 for more information.

[11.17.09]  Flu like illness continues to be widespread around campus along with many other illnesses.  It is a busy time of year for everyone and getting run down increases the possibility of catching something.  Don't forget to get proper rest, eat well, wash your hands, cover your cough, share a smile but not your stuff and stay home when you are sick.  If you would like an H1N1 flu shot look to the info on our page for details.  Those that think they have the flu should take the flu check test and follow the instructions given.  

[11.06.09]  Starting next week, any student who is advised to self-isolate by Student Health will be given documentation directly.  Deans' offices will no longer be notified by Student Health.  It is still the student's responsibility to contact their faculty when they need to self-isolate.  Student's who receive documentation from other healthcare providers DO NOT need to contact their Dean's office but should contact their faculty.  Student's may share their documentation when they return to class.

[10.30.09]  We are now seeing an increase in cases of ILI on campus.  Please take the Flu-Check Test  and call for an appointment if you feel sick.  Remember that Student Health can not write excuse notes but will notify the Dean's office of any students that we see and advise to self-isolate.  ALL STUDENTS NEED TO NOTIFY THEIR INDIVIDUAL FACULTY.   In addition, students seen elsewhere, must also notify their Dean's office.  Despite the rise in ILI, Student Health is still taking regular appointments as well.  There will be a variety of notices once the H1N1 vaccine is available.    For the most up to date information, please check our website, facebook page, twitter, and/or watch for Longwood emails.  Don't forget to take care of yourself and each other.  There are no plans to close school at this time.

[10.23.09]  A total of 31 students have been advised to self-isolate with influenza like illness (ILI) symptoms this week.  Students who think they might have the flu, should complete the Flu-Check Test and follow the instructions.

[10.16.09]  As of Friday October 16, four students have been sent home with influenza like illness (ILI) symptoms.  All recommendations remain the same.  Seasonal "flu shot clinics" for students have begun.  The H1N1 vaccine will arrive on campus later this semester at which time clinics will be scheduled.  Please see the student health main webpage for latest "flu shot clinic" information.  Both influenza vaccinations will be FREE for students.  Please bring your Longwood ID and come prepared to expose your upper arm (wearing a T-shirt is preferred). 

[10.09.09]  This week, six students have been sent home with influenza like illness (ILI) symptoms.  All recommendations remain the same.  Seasonal "flu shot clinics" for students will begin Oct. 14th.  The H1N1 vaccine will arrive on campus shortly and clinics will be scheduled.  If you can receive either vaccination over Fall Break, please do so.  If not, please see the student health main webpage for clinic information.  Both influenza vaccinations will be FREE for students.  Please bring your Longwood ID and come prepared to expose your upper arm (wearing a T-shirt is preferred).

[10.02.09] There are no plans to close school at this point.  This week, two students have been sent home with influenza like illness (ILI) symptoms.  There have been a total of eight (8) cases of ILI seen by the Student Health Center.  If a student has a temperature of 100.5, it is highly recommended that they be seen at Student Health. In an effort to contain the spread of the virus, officials are continuing to recommend that those with influenza like illnesses, self-isolate at home until fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine. 

[09.21.09] In the past two weeks, six students with influenza like illness have been advised to go home to self-isolate.  Students with influenza like symptoms, including a fever of 100.5 or above, should call the Student Health Center (434.395.2102) for advice or an appointment.  Longwood University is currently recommending students with influenza like illness go home to self-isolate if possible. As a reminder-any student who is advised to self-isolate, should remain isolated until fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine.

 [08.17.09] Longwood University health and safety officials are reviewing campus emergency operations plans and developing a series of educational materials about the 2009 H1N1 (Swine) Flu virus.

 

Longwood H1N1 News Releases

[08.17.09] Longwood health officials prepare for H1N1 virus

 

 

Feeling Sick?

Take the Flu-Check Test to help determine what actions you should take, if any.

 

 

What You Can Do to Stay Healthy

Wash your hands with soap and clean running water. Visit www.cdc.gov/h1n1 for more information.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people. Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
  • If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Flu

 

Department of Health and Human Services Pandemic Flu News Releases

 

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About the 2009 H1N1 (Swine) Flu Virus

Dr. Joe Bresee, with the CDC Influenza Division, describes swine flu - its signs and symptoms, how it's transmitted, medicines to treat it, steps people can take to protect themselves from it, and what people should do if they become ill. Learn more

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Created: 4/25/2009 by Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Influenza Division (CCID/NCIRD/ID). Date Released: 4/25/2009.

 

CDC H1N1 Influenza YouTube Playlist

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2009 H1N1 (Swine) Flu Updates

CDC H1N1 Flu Updates