Health Guidelines

H1N1 (Swine) Flu Prevention
To keep our students, faculty and staff informed about the changing situation regarding Swine Flu or H1N1, Empire College is taking steps to protect the health and welfare of our college community, including providing information on this Web site. Be sure to check back periodically for updates and links to additional online resources.

Novel H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)
What is novel H1N1 (swine flu)? Novel H1N1 (referred to as "swine flu" early on) is a new influenza virus causing illness in people. This new virus was first detected in people in the United States in April 2009. This virus is spreading from person-to-person worldwide, probably in much the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses spread. On June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) signaled that a pandemic of novel H1N1 flu was underway.

CDC Recommendations for the Amount of Time Persons with Influenza-Like Illness Should be Away from Others CDC recommends that people with influenza-like illness remain at home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100 F [37.8C]), or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.

This is a change from the previous recommendation that ill persons stay home for 7 days after illness onset or until 24 hours after the resolution of symptoms, whichever was longer. The new recommendation applies to camps, schools, businesses, mass gatherings, and other community settings where the majority of people are not at increased risk for influenza complications. This guidance does not apply to health care settings where the exclusion period should be continued for 7 days from symptom onset or until the resolution of symptoms, whichever is longer. See http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/guidelines_infection_control.htm for updates about the health care setting. This revision for the community setting is based on epidemiologic data about the overall risk of severe illness and death and attempts to balance the risks of severe illness from influenza and the potential benefits of decreasing transmission through the exclusion of ill persons with the goal of minimizing social disruption. This guidance will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.


Keeping Yourself Healthy
Take actions every day to stay healthy.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
   Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it or cough and sneeze into
   your sleeve.

Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough
   or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread that way.

Stay home if you get sick.

Manage your stress, get enough sleep, eat healthy foods, and exercise.

For more information, see Empire College's H1N1 Flu Guide.


Information Resources and Other Flu Websites

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/general_info.htm

H1N1 Flu General Info: http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/general_info.htm
H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) Press Updates: http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/press/
Updated Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education and Other Information: http://www.flu.gov/index.html

Sonoma County's Public Health Department Web page:
http://www.sonoma-county.org/flu
http://www.sonoma-county.org/health/ph/news/

Managing Anxiety about the H1N1 Flu

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for an Influenza Pandemic