The Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization have been monitoring the outbreak of H1N1 flu (swine influenza A) in the United States and around the world.
While there are currently no cases of H1N1 flu on the PCA&D campus, we are monitoring the situation. The College will publish regular communications via email and on www.pcad.edu to keep you informed about its response and steps to protect the PCA&D community.
Updated information is available from the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.
Here's how you can stay healthy and prevent the spread of the flu:
· Do not go out in public if you are felling sick and discourage family or friends who may be experiencing flu-like symptoms. According to the CDC, symptoms for H1N1 flu are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and may include some combination of: fever, greater than 100 degrees F; sore throat; cough; stuffy nose; chills; headache; body aches and/or fatigue.
· Stay informed. The CDC Web site is updated regularly.
· Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
· Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or shirt sleeve when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
· Wash your hands often with soap and warm water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
· Stay home if you feel sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
· Develop a family emergency plan as a precaution. This should include storing a supply of food, medicines, face masks, alcohol-based hand rubs, and other essential supplies.