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H1N1 Vaccines; Prevention/Self-Care Tips
November 17, 2009
MACOMB, IL -- As the holiday break approaches, individuals should use that time off to rest and recuperate in order to remain healthy.
"While we recognize this is a busy time of the year, Beu Health Center staff highly recommends and encourages individuals to use the break time to slow down. Get some rest, eat right and allow yourself time to recuperate from any lingering colds or other illnesses," noted Western Illinois University's Beu Health Center Director Mary Margaret Harris.
While the seasonal flu season is just beginning, confirmed – and probable – cases of H1N1 continue to be reported locally, as well as throughout the state and the nation. Individuals should remain vigilant about their health and well-being, Harris added.
"If you're sick, don't make turkey and all the trimmings for your family. Don't travel or shop 'til you drop. Prevention is often the best medicine to avoid the virus: wash your hands frequently, get enough rest, stay home if you're not feeling well, don't share cups or eating utensils with others and get a flu shot," she said.
Individuals who do become ill over Thanksgiving break should not return to campus until they are fever-free for 24 hours, without the aid of a fever-reducing medication. For those who are experiencing flu-like symptoms, self-care should be practiced as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). [http://www.cdc.gov/H1N1flu/guidance_homecare.htm]
Seasonal flu symptoms, which develop quickly, include fever and a sore throat and/or coughing, body aches, chills and headache. Reported H1N1 symptoms are similar to seasonal flu and may also include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The symptoms of the common cold are generally much milder than the flu, develop more slowly and usually do not include a fever.
Before hitting the holiday road, WIU faculty, staff and students who meet the CDC priority group guidelines can receive the H1N1 injectable vaccine or nasal spray vaccine at Beu Health Center. The vaccines are available at no cost and appointments are not needed. See priority groups for the injectable vaccine in the Nov. 9 release and the nasal spray vaccine in the Nov. 4 release at wiu.edu/news.
For more information, contact Beu Health Center at (309) 298-1888.
Posted By: Darcie Shinberger, University Relations
Phone: (309) 298-1993 * Fax: (309) 298-1606