March 12, 2010
Students encouraged to get H1N1 vaccination before leaving for spring break travel
MARYVILLE, Mo.- Along with the American College Health Association (ACHA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Northwest is strongly encouraging students to get vaccinated for H1N1 prior to spring break travel to prevent the virus from spreading on our campus.
In the spring of 2009, the CDC saw the spread of H1N1 result in illnesses following travel associated with spring break. With the start of Northwest's spring break on March 19 and large numbers of students expected to travel domestically and internationally, getting vaccinated against H1N1 is especially important.
The Northwest Wellness Center has a limited supply of H1N1 vaccine for students and it is available free of charge. Students should schedule appointments to get vaccinated by calling 660.562.1348 during normal operating hours.
Although flu activity has declined in recent weeks, H1N1 viruses continue to spread in the United States and abroad, causing illness, hospitalization and even deaths. Recently several colleges and universities have reported increased influenza activity on their campuses.
Flu activity is difficult to predict, but experts at the CDC expect flu activity - caused by the H1N1 or seasonal flu viruses - will continue for weeks, and parts of the world may see outbreaks.
In addition to getting vaccinated, the CDC recommends theses steps to help protect against the spread of the flu and other illnesses during spring break:
- Talk to your health care provider, not only about H1N1, but also about other recommended routine vaccinations you may need if traveling, especially overseas.
- Visit the CDC's Travelers' Health Web site (www.cdc.gov/travel) for more information and healthy travel recommendations to prevent influenza and other illnesses during travel.
- Stay away from people who appear sick or are coughing or sneezing. The main way the flu spreads is through the droplets of coughs and sneezes.
- Practice good hygiene by washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing and sneezing. If soap and water is not available, alcohol-based hand rubs are useful.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
- Wash your hands often
- Don't share drinking glasses or utensils, and avoid drinking beverages mixed in a common container or eating after others.
- Stay home or away from others if you are sick for 24 hours after your fever is gone to prevent others from getting sick.
Spring break is a time for rest, relaxation and fun with friends and family. Take the opportunity to get vaccinated before leaving for spring break to protect yourself, your friends and your family against H1N1.
For more information, please contact:
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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