Swine Flu: Rollins Continues to Monitor Health Reports

May 06, 2009

Rollins continues to monitor all health reports and advisories about the H1N1 (swine flu) outbreak. The state of Florida on Friday, May 1, opened a toll-free telephone number where people can call to receive information about the virus. The number for Florida residents is 1-800-342-3557.

Rollins has assembled a task force with representatives from across the College to address this issue. This team will meet regularly to assess new information and provide updates regarding any new developments. Rollins staff will continue to work closely with the Orange County Health Department, Florida Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to actively monitor the situation. This page will be updated as information changes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the symptoms are similar to other types of influenza and include nasal congestion, sore throat, cough and fever. Students who experience these symptoms should contact the Student Health Center. Faculty and staff who experience these symptoms should contact their health care provider for further advice.

It is important to remember that almost all of the flu cases that health care professionals are currently seeing involve the regular, seasonal influenza and not swine flu. Simple and highly effective measures; against the spread of a common cold or flu virus include:

  • Carry a bottle of hand sanitizer with you and use it before eating or touching your face.
  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap several times a day, especially after using the restroom.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough. Sneeze into your sleeve or toward the ground (when you sneeze into your hand then touch a door knob or shake a hand, you're spreading germs).
  • Use a paper towel to turn the doorknob when leaving a public restroom, then discard the paper towel.

For more information, visit:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/swineflu_you.htm

Travel Recommendations from the CDC http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/contentSwineFluUS.aspx

Information provided by Sandy Weisstein, MSN, FNP-BC, Director DuBois Health Center.

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