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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

Signs and Symptoms

This section will help you distinguish between the different symptoms and offer assistance each step of the way.

The symptoms of 2009 H1N1 flu virus in people are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and include the following:
  • fever
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • body aches
  • headache
  • chills
  • fatigue
A significant number of people who have been infected with this virus also have reported diarrhea and vomiting.  Also, like seasonal flu, severe illnesses and death has occurred as a result of illness associated with this virus.

If you have these symptoms and they are mild, stay home and self treat.  If you have these symptoms and they are more severe, please call Student Health Services at (252) 328-6841 to schedule an appointment or schedule an appointment online at

Some students are a “higher risk” and in greater danger of developing complications from the flu due to pre-existing medical condition.  Students who are pregnant or have asthma, diabetes, a suppressed immune system, heart disease, kidney disease, neurocognitive or neuromuscular disease are considered “high risk” and should consult with their doctor to learn what they should do if they become sick with the flu.

If a person has the flu and develops any of the following symptoms, seek medical assistance immediately:
  • difficulty breathing or chest pain
  • purple or blue discoloration of the lips
  • vomiting and unable to keep liquids down
  • signs of dehydration such as dizziness when standing, absence of urination,
  • seizures (for example, uncontrolled convulsions)
  • less responsive than normal or becomes confused
  • fatigue