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September 1, 2009
To all students from Christine Burke, Director of Health and Wellness

Welcome back! This e-mail updates the letter you received at home regarding H1N1 flu, the strain of influenza also known as "swine flu." Please read the information carefully.

H1N1 flu is present in the Keene community and we are expecting to see it on campus. Most people who get it do not need to see a health provider, and they recover without complications. The key points to remember are these:

  1. All updates on the H1N1 flu situation on campus are posted to this web site. Please check this page frequently for updated information. Keene State is well prepared to help you deal with this health situation.

  2. To slow the spread of the virus and protect yourself against it, be sure to wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use one of the alcohol-based hand sanitizers you see around campus.

  3. Remember, you are the primary protector of your own health. Please review these H1N1 Tips.

If You Develop Flu-Like Symptoms

If you do develop flu-like symptoms (fever of 100.4F or higher, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle and joint aches, intestinal upset, fatigue):

  1. Please return home if possible until 24 hours after you feel better and your fever has subsided. If you must remain on campus, please do NOT go to class or eat in the Dining Commons. Please isolate yourself as much as possible in your room. The best treatment for flu is rest, plenty of fluids, and ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) for fever and aches.

  2. If you are sick, please communicate with all of your professors by e-mail. The faculty has been asked to accommodate sick students (as much as possible without sacrificing the integrity of their classes) to let you make up missed work.

  3. If you cannot return home, ask a roommate or friend to be your "flu buddy" to assist you in getting food and fluids from the Dining Commons. If you live off-campus and do not have a meal plan, be sure a friend can provide you with fluids, soup, and other necessities so you don't have to go out until you are feeling better.

  4. We will be sending out information on vaccines for both the regular seasonal flu and the H1N1 flu as soon as details are worked out. Vaccine for the seasonal flu will not prevent H1N1 flu; however, by preventing seasonal flu it will help keep you from getting rundown.

  5. If you develop more serious symptoms (shortness of breath, very high fever, confusion, inability to keep liquids down) or if you have a chronic medical condition (such as asthma, diabetes, or if you are pregnant), you should be assessed by a medical provider. In a true emergency or during nights and weekends, call Campus Safety, 358-2228, or Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, 354-6600. If you have questions, please call the Center for Health and Wellness at 358-2450.

Here’s to a healthy semester!


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