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Information about the 2009 H1N1 Flu

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This Web site is designed to answer all your questions about East Carolina University's proactive response to the 2009 H1N1 flu Virus. If you have any questions, please contact:

Student Health Service
Division of Academic and Student Affairs
East Carolina University 252.328.6841

Patient Advisory

Testing or medical treatment is no longer advised for healthy patients with mild flu symptoms. If you have the following symptoms, it is likely that you have influenza. Ninety percent of flu cases in North Carolina today are H1N1 flu.
  • Fever, usually greater than 101 (measured with a thermometer)
  • Headache
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle aches
  • Stomach symptoms – usually seen in children, but not adults (nausea,    vomiting,  diarrhea)
If you have flu symptoms
  • You are contagious beginning one day prior to symptoms and lasting up to    five days after becoming sick
  • You should not return to work or school until you have been without fever for 24 hours
  • Flu is spread through coughing and sneezing, or touching eyes and nose after fingers have been in contact with respiratory secretions or contaminated surfaces
  • Routine testing is not needed
Treatment for the flu includes
  • Rest
  • Plenty of fluids
  • Tylenol or Motrin for headache and muscle aches
  • Tamiflu is not currently recommended for the flu unless you require    hospitalization, are pregnant, or you are experiencing complications
Call to see your doctor if
  • You experience shortness of breath
  • You have trouble keeping down fluids
  • You experience abdominal or chest pain
Take everyday actions to prevent illness

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.  Throw the tissue in the trash after use.   If you do not have a  tissue, cough or sneeze into your  upper sleeve, not  your hand.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and  water
  • Alcohol-based hand cleaners are effective
Seasonal flu vaccine is still important. Do not wait for the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine to arrive; get your seasonal flu vaccine first!

The 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine will be available late fall 2009. The following groups should be priority for receiving the vaccine

  • Pregnant women
  • People who live with or care for children younger than six months
  • Health care and  emergency medical services personnel
  • People between 6 months and  24 years old
  • Adults ages 2 through 64 with chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems
For appointments or for more information call 252-744-1111
For Rapid Access service, same day appointments for ECU faculty, staff and immediate family members, call 744-0555