Preventing the Spread of the Flu
The best way to reduce the spread of influenza in schools continues to be the early identification of ill students, faculty, or staff. Ill persons should stay home from school for a few days or until 24 hours after symptoms resolve (whichever is longer). All students, faculty, and staff should practice good respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette.
Symptoms of the Flu
Symptoms of seasonal flu and H1N1 flu include fever (greater than 100°F or 38°C), cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Some people also may have vomiting and diarrhea.
Seeking Medical Care
If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, seek medical care immediately:
• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
• Fever and shaking chills
• Bluish or gray skin color
• Not drinking enough fluids
• Severe or persistent vomiting
• Not waking up or lethargy
• Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
• Sudden dizziness
• Flu-like symptoms improve, but then return with fever and worse cough
Flu Prevention Etiquette
• Wash your hands often with soap and water.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with tissue, your elbow, or your arm.
• If you are sick, stay home.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
For More Information
Information about the flu (and prevention) is available at Bronx Community College’s Office of Health Services
in Loew Hall, room 101.
You can also find more information by visiting the following websites:
- NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/cd/h1n1_flu_faq.pdf
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/
- World Health Organization (WHO): www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/index.html
- For information about H1N1 flu vaccination: ww.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination
- For information about seasonal flu vaccines: www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm