Health Update: Swine Influenza (Flu)
Health Update: H1N1 (Swine Influenza)
The USAO Health Services is closely monitoring the reports of human cases of H1N1 (swine flu) throughout the United States. While there have been no cases of swine flu among the USAO community, there have been more confirmed cases in the state of Oklahoma as it is expected that the numbers will continue to rise across the nation. The Public Health Officials have stated there are no further precautions to take at this time, but that we continue to follow the measures listed below.
BASIC INFECTION PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand cleaners
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
Stay home or visit a doctor when you are feeling ill
Don’t share the same eating and drinking utensils, or smoke after others
Avoid close contact with people who are ill
SYMPTOMS AND STEPS YOU SHOULD TAKE
Symptoms of Swine flu include: fever, sore throat, body aches, cough, headache, chills, fatigue and occasional nausea and diarrhea. All Influenza Like Illnesses must be reported to Health Services. If you experience any of these symptoms it is recommended that you contact Health Services followed by your primary health care provider and they can determine whether influenza testing or treatment is needed. If you do not have a primary health care provider, you can contact Landon Kersey at 574-1331, or stop by Health Services in Troutt Hall room 120 for assistance finding a center for assessment and treatment. Those who have come into contact with people who exhibit flu-like symptoms should pay special attention to their own health status, and follow the prevention measures listed above.
If you or someone you know have questions about the illness, feel free to contact the USAO Health Services office at (405) 574-1331.
For information about the Swine Flu, please check the following website:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention