H1N1 Update - January 2010
Update: Jan. 7, 2010
The UW Oshkosh Student Health Center has a limited supply of H1N1 injectable vaccine. Students are encouraged to call 424-2424 for an appointment. There is no cost for the vaccine.
Influenza-like illness activity continues to decline statewide and in all public health regions. Wisconsin has reported 6,705 confirmed and probable H1N1 cases from 72 counties between Aug. 30, 2009 and Dec. 15, 2009. During this same timeframe there were 854 hospitalizations and 37 deaths. An increase in influenza activity is anticipated during the normal peak flu season that starts late January.
There are many things you can do to prevent getting and spreading influenza:
- Get vaccinated.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough. Throw the tissue in the wastebasket and wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand gel.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid others who are ill or coughing.
If you develop influenza-like symptoms, you should isolate yourself and not return to school or work until free of a fever for 24 hours (without fever reducing medications). You should see your healthcare provider if your temperature is greater than 102, the fever lasts more than three days, your cough worsens or you experience shortness of breath or chest pain. For the usual symptoms of muscle aches, headaches, sore throat, fever and cough, students can self treat and do not need to see a doctor.
“Flu Kits” are available from Health Advocates in the residence halls or at the Student Health Center for $2. Students need to e-mail their faculty when they have missed class because of illness.
If you have questions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Student Health Center at 424-2424.