H1N1 Influenza A
Hudson Health Center offers seasonal flu as well as H1N1 flu vaccines by request for faculty, staff and students during Hudson's normal business hours. The seasonal flu vaccine is free to all benefits eligible employees and to students on the WellBeing plan; all other students will be charged $25. The H1N1 vaccines are free to all faculty, staff and students.
The Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Community Health Programs will be providing free H1N1 vaccines for Athens community members during their weekly clinics in Parks Hall 014 on Tuesdays from 1 to 5:30 p.m. and on Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
The Athens City/County Health Department will also be offering clinics. Click here or call 740-592-4431 for more information or appointments.
Click here for more information from the CDC on vaccine distribution.
In an effort to help preserve the well-being of the Ohio University community, the links to the left provide answers to frequently asked questions about the H1N1 Influenza A virus and the university's response to it. This site's content will be updated regularly as more information becomes available, so check back frequently.
The widespread and seemingly constant media reports about H1N1 Influenza A may cause anyone to experience feelings of uneasiness or worry. This is understandable due to the many unknowns about this ever-evolving situation. Ohio University has resources available to assist with these feelings of anxiety and moving towards a positive outlook. Students are reminded that they can call Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) 24 hours a day/seven days a week at 740-593-1616 to speak with a counselor. Walk-in hours are available from the CPS office in Hudson Heath Center from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. CPS also provides consultation to faculty, administrators and parents of students.
What is H1N1 (swine flu)?
H1N1 (previously referred to as "swine flu") is a new influenza virus causing illness in people. This new virus was first detected in people in the United States in April 2009. This virus is spreading from person-to-person worldwide, probably in much the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses spread.
What are the signs and symptoms of the H1N1 virus in people?
The symptoms of H1N1 flu virus in people include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A significant number of people who have been infected with this virus also have reported diarrhea and vomiting. Illness with the new H1N1 virus has ranged from mild to severe. While most people who have been sick have recovered without needing medical treatment, hospitalizations and deaths from infection with this virus have occurred.
Will the University test students who become ill to determine if they have H1N1?
Individual health care providers as well as the Ohio Department of Health determine when to perform these tests on individual ILI cases. To date, Hudson Health Center has sent one specimen for H1N1 testing. The results of that test were positive.
We ask that our University community keep in mind that the general treatment for ILI, whether it is seasonal influenza or H1N1, is the same. For this reason it is not essential in most cases to determine whether they are H1N1 or seasonal flu.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the Northern hemisphere, winter is the time for flu. While seasonal flu outbreaks can happen as early as October, most of the time influenza activity peaks in January or later. As the time for seasonal flu is not yet upon us, individuals experiencing influenza-like illness (ILI) at this time are most likely to have H1N1.
How long can an infected person spread this virus to others?
People infected with seasonal and H1N1 flu shed virus and may be able to infect others from 1 day before getting sick to 5 to 7 days after. This can be longer in some people, especially children and people with weakened immune systems and in people infected with the new H1N1 virus.
How does H1N1 virus spread?
Spread of H1N1 virus is thought to occur in the same way that seasonal flu spreads. Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing by people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something - such as a surface or object - with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.
Is there a vaccine for H1N1?
The university will also hold clinics from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Parks Hall 014 each day from Jan. 11 through Jan. 15. At the weekday clinics, the university will administer the vaccine to no more than 100 individuals per clinic. The Sunday clinic will not have a patient limit.
There is no preregistration and no charge for these vaccination clinics. There are no health or age restrictions for receiving the vaccine.
What should I do if I get sick?
If you live in areas where people have been identified with H1N1 flu and become ill with influenza-like symptoms, including fever, body aches, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people. The CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
Stay away from others as much as possible to keep from making others sick. Staying at home means that you should not leave your home except to seek medical care. This means avoiding normal activities, including work, school, travel, shopping, social events, and public gatherings.
When should I wash my hands?
- After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
- Before preparing or eating food
- After going to the bathroom
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has gone to the bathroom
- Before and after tending to someone who is sick
- After handling an animal or animal waste
- After handling garbage
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
When washing hands with soap and water:
- Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.
- Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces.
- Continue rubbing hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Imagine singing "Happy Birthday" twice through to a friend.
- Rinse hands well under running water
- Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet
Remember: If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based gel to clean hands.
When using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer:
- Use a product that has at least 60% alcohol as the active ingredient
- Apply product to the palm of one hand
- Rub hands together
- Rub the product over all surfaces of hands and fingers until hands are dry.
For a video on effective hand-washing tips, click here.