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The H1N1 influenza virus continues to be a concern for the FAMU community. We are asking that everyone take proper precautions to help prevent the spread of flu. Take extra care during graduation and encourage your family and friends to follow flu prevention recommendations.
- Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
- Wash your hands frequently or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth to prevent the spread of germs
- Avoid contact with others that are sick
Excerpts from the August 06, 2009 Leon County Health Department Pandemic Influenza UpdateCurrent Situation
Novel H1N1 is present in our community. Almost all cases of influenza are currently due to the novel strain. Influenza-like-illness activity is at a low level but is higher than average for this time of year. We are bracing for many more cases when schools reopen. Florida has confirmed more than 3000 cases but individual cases are no longer reportable. The Department of Health is currently seeking reports of deaths, hospitalized pregnant women, those with life threatening illness, and outbreaks of influenza or influenza-like-illness (ILI). Over 40 deaths have occurred in Florida residents associated with the Novel H1N1. Deaths and severe illness due to the virus have been mostly but not entirely in persons with pre-existing medical conditions, as well as in pregnant women. Most people who have become ill have recovered at home without requiring medical treatment.Treatment
The CDC recommends treatment with Tamiflu or Relenza for patients who are severely ill, those who are at high risk for complications from the flu and for healthcare workers with significant exposure. Pregnant women should be offered Tamiflu). Close contacts of cases who are at high risk for complications should be offered prophylaxis. Isolation and Quarantine
Individuals may be contagious for one day prior and approximately 7 days after the onset of symptoms. The CDC recommends that people with influenza stay home for 7 days after the onset of symptoms or until 24 hours after symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. At this time, it is not recommended that close contacts of cases stay home. Symptomatic individuals who need to visit a public place such as the doctor's office should be given a mask to block coughs and sneezes. Vaccine
The seasonal flu vaccine is not likely to provide protection against the novel strain. A separate vaccine is under development and may be available by the end of October or the beginning of November. The vaccine is likely to be a two dose series. Plans are underway to facilitate delivery to people in our community. We will provide updates on the vaccine and the planning process as information becomes available.
Have a safe and pleasant break until we return for fall semester. Student Health Services, the Office of Public Safety and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety are working together to keep our campus safe. Be “Rattler Ready” and watch for our periodic pandemic updates on the FAMU website.