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H1N1 Flu Virus: Important Message

Posted: September 21, 2009

The School of Social Work Office of Student Services has created an email address, ssw.flu@umich.edu, to which you should send notification that you will be absent from class because you have the flu. The use of this email address will eliminate the need for multiple email or phone contacts in order to notify instructors of absences due to illness. Your instructors will be notified by email that you have reported having the H1N1 flu. If you have questions about this e-mail process, please feel free to contact Nyshourn Price (ndp@umich.edu) or Lauren Davis (laurdavi@umich.edu) in the Office of Student Services (734/936-0961).

Information about the H1N1 flu, actions you should take, and links to related resources can be found at http://www.vpcomm.umich.edu/pa/key/flu-student-preparation.html. Some highlights from the frequently asked questions on this web page include the following:

How can I tell if I have the flu?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines flu-like illness this way:

•A fever of 100.4 F or greater, plus a cough or sore throat.

•Possibly other symptoms, including a runny nose, body aches, headaches, chills, fatigue, vomiting or diarrhea.

How will I know if I have H1N1 flu?

You may not know for sure, but if you have the symptoms listed above, you can be fairly confident you have H1N1 influenza. State health officials have determined that it’s no longer necessary to test specifically for this novel strain of Influenza A, as 98 percent of individuals in Michigan with flu-like symptoms at this time of year have H1N1.

What are some things I can do to keep from getting the flu?

•Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds (about the time it takes to sing, "The Victors") using soap and water or hand sanitizer.

•Avoid touching your nose and eyes directly.

•Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve - not your hand.

•Use tissues and dispose of them properly.

Will the U-M offer H1N1 vaccinations to students?

Yes. We plan to offer the vaccination, at no charge, to all students through age 24. In addition, students over age 25 with CDC-designated risk factors also will be offered the vaccine. We believe the vaccine should be ready for distribution in late October or early November. Plans for the H1N1 vaccination clinics are still being developed.

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