Student Health Center
H1N1 Pandemic Reminders!
Facts about Swine Flu - H1N1
- Swine flu is a type of virus.
- It's named for a virus that pigs can get.
- People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen.
- The virus is contagious and can spread from human to human.
- Symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include:
- sore throat
- body aches
- There are antiviral medicines you can take to prevent or treat swine flu.
- There is no vaccine available right now to protect against swine flu.
Prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza by:
- Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Washing your hands often with soap and water,
especially after you cough or sneeze. You can also use
alcohol-based hand cleaners.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs
spread this way.
- Trying to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Staying home from work or school if you are sick.
8 Ways to Prevent Influenza Transmission
- Post signage instructing patients and persons who accompany them to inform healthcare personnel if they have symptoms of respiratory infection
- Provide tissues, trash cans, alcohol-based hand rubs, hand washing supplies where sinks are located and surgical masks for persons who are coughing
- Separate coughing persons from non-coughing persons in common areas
- Educate patients and persons to “cover their cough”, dispose of used tissues, wear a mask while in healthcare facility if coughing, and decontaminate hands after coughing or using tissues
- Wear gloves when touching respiratory secretions and surgical masks when within 3 feet of a coughing person
- Decontaminate Hands by using soap and water if visibly contaminated. Use alcohol-based hand gel if no visible contamination is present
- Decontaminate Environment by wiping down frequently touched areas with routine environmental cleaner more often when coughing persons have been in the area
- Exclude health-care personnel with symptoms of respiratory infection from work for the duration of illness
- REMEMBER: Protect yourself, Protect your patients, Protect your co-workers
- Oklahoma Swine Flu Hotline: 1-866-278-7134
- Swine Flu Web Sites: