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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

Parent Resources

FAQ's  |  Parent's Perspective

Dear Pirate Parents,
Unfortunately, as I am sure you are aware, flu activity has increased on many campuses across the country. I would like to reassure you that much thought has gone into planning for an unusually high volume flu season here at East Carolina University.

Flu can be spread easily from person to person. Therefore, we are taking steps to prevent the spread of flu at East Carolina University. Education has been made available to your student through programming, e-mails, Web sites and closed-circuit TV.

We have asked your students to help us decrease the spread of influenza on our campus by:

  • Practicing good hand hygiene by washing hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective.
  • Practicing respiratory etiquette by covering their mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough or sneeze. If they don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into their sleeve or shoulder, not into their hands.  Avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
  • Knowing the signs and symptoms of the flu which are sudden onset of fever, sore throat, aches and cough.  A fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. If students do not have a thermometer, signs of fever include feeling very warm, having a flushed appearance, or alternating sweating and shivering.
  • Staying home if flu or flu-like illness is present.  They should stay home until they are fever free for at least 24 hours (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius).  The fever should be gone without having to use fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen).  Students who think they have flu should not go to class, work or social activities.
  • Considering receiving seasonal flu vaccine. Preparations have been made to provide the regular seasonal flu vaccine in September ($7.00 charge).
  • Consider receiving the H1N1 vaccine. When it becomes available, the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine will be provided free of charge according to the priority groups established by the CDC. People at higher risk for 2009 H1N1 flu complications include pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, heart disease, or diabetes). For more information about priority groups for vaccination, visit
In addition to regular office hours, the Student Health Service provides an “after hours nurse line” to help your student determine what level of care he/she needs and what self care might be appropriate.

I also encourage you to send to school with your student or have them purchase a thermometer and a small supply of over the counter medications such as Tylenol or Advil to have on hand for fever and aches, as well as medication for runny nose and head congestion such as Dayquil and Nyquil. A supply of easy to prepare food (soup, ramen noodles, etc.) and plenty of liquids would also be helpful for students to have readily available.

For more information about flu in our community and what our institution is doing, visit  Study abroad students and their parents may view updated health information related to 2009 H1N1 flu and travel by visiting .

For the most up-to-date information on flu, visit, or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).

Again I hope the year brings good health to you and your student.


Jolene Jernigan, director of ECU Student Health Services