Southeast Technical H1N1 Information and Resources

H1N1 Influenza Resources

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Update January 11, 2010

Reported cases of H1N1 Remain low on all campuses. As the new semester starts, please continue to protect yourself as another wave of H1N1 could occur over the next several months.

What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue every time you cough or sneeze.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water or an alcohol‐based hand cleaner.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, if possible.
  • Stay healthy: eat nutritious foods, get enough sleep, and exercise.

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Update November 11, 2009The College's emergency response team continues to monitor reported H1N1 cases on all campuses. Reported cases currently remain low on all campuses.

Update October 7, 2009

Q."How do I know by my symptoms if I have a common cold or the seasonal flu"?

A. Because both the common cold and seasonal flu are respiratory illnesses caused by different viruses, many of the symptoms are similar. The table below provides an easy reference and will help identify the key differences.

Symptoms

Common Cold

Seasonal Flu

Runny or stuffy nose

Common

Occasionally

Itchy or sore throat

Common

Occasionally

Cough

Mild

Common,
Chest discomfort

Congestion

Common

Sometimes

Sneezing

Sometimes

Sometimes

Watery eyes

Sometimes

Rarely

Fever

Rare, Low-grade

102+ F, Frequently

Fatigue/Tiredness

Mild

Common, 2-3 weeks

Headache

Rare, Mild

Common

Body Aches

Rare, Mild

Common, severe

Diarrhea

No

Sometimes

Vomiting

No

Sometimes

Chills

N

Common

 

 

Common Cold

Seasonal Flu

Length of Illness

Symptoms for 4-10 days

7 days with fatigue potentially lasting several weeks

Incubation Period
(Time before symptoms appear)

1-3 days of coming in contact w/ virus

2-5 days of coming in contact w/ virus

Contagious
(Time to avoid ppl)

First 3 days you
have symptoms

1 day before symptoms show, up to 5 days after

Flu Spreads
(Tips and tricks to catching flu/cold)

Touching eyes, mouth, nose after making contact (touching contaminated object) with virus (droplets from spit, coughing)

Touching eyes, mouth, nose after making contact (touching contaminated object) with virus (droplets from spit, coughing)

Virus Survival
(Length of time virus lives on objects)

Up to 3-4 hours outside the body on skin or objects...

Up to a couple of days, depending on the surface!

 

Seasonal Flu vs. H1N1

 

Seasonal Flu

H1N1 Flu

Fever

Fever

Coughing and/or sore throat

Coughing and/or sore throat

Runny or stuffy nose

Runny or stuffy nose

Headaches and/or body aches

Headaches and/or body aches

Chills

Chills

Fatigue

Fatigue

 

Vomiting

 

Diarrhea

*Although you can have H1N1 without having the additional symptoms, the final 2 are often indicative of the illness.

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Update: September 17, 2009

Dear Minnesota State College -Southeast Technical Community,

The college is taking steps to help prevent the spread of flu within our community and we need your help in accomplishing this goal. We now have reported cases of H1N1 flu on the Winona campus and the college continues to encourage students, faculty, and staff to report absences resulting from conditions with flu like symptoms to the appropriate person.

Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical is promoting prevention and awareness on both the Red Wing and Winona campuses and is offering seasonal flu vaccinations for faculty and staff at the Winona Campus on Wednesday, September 23rd in room 300 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and at the Red Wing Campus on Monday, October 19th in room 102 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

We will also be offering seasonal flu shots to students at the Winona Campus Student Center, Wednesday Sept 30 from 8:00am-3:00pm, Thursday Oct 1 from 8:00am-3:00pm and Friday Oct 2 from 8:00am-2pm and at the Red Wing Campus Student Center, Thursday Oct 1 10:00am-2pm and Friday Oct 2 from 9:00am-1:00pm. The cost will be $10.00.

In addition, we have created a link on our college website with more information:

http://www.southeastmn.edu/h1n1info.aspx

We will continue to update the college community as we receive new information. Going forward, we remind everyone about individual measures all of us can take to help prevent or slow the spread of flu.

What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue every time you cough or sneeze.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water or an alcohol‐based hand cleaner.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, if possible.
  • Stay healthy: eat nutritious foods, get enough sleep, and exercise.

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Update: September 11, 2009

 H1N1 Staff Presentation Adobe Acrobat

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Minnesota Department of Health

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/flu/h1n1/index.html

Center for Disease Control

http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (University of Minnesota)

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/

 

Posted by Margaret Whalen at 12/01/2010 01:58:48 PM