H1N1 (“Swine Flu”) Advisory
Influenza A Virus Subtype H1N1
Students, faculty and staff who experience flu symptoms should see a medical provider as soon as possible. To be effective, antiviral medications should be started within 48 hours after symptoms begin. For 24-hour medical advice, students can call UTD’s Health Center at 972.883.2747.
- Public Guidance
- A Guide For Parents with Children Attending Camps at UT Dallas
For more information about flu, please visit www.cdc.gov/flu.
The CDC has provided guidance for the public on what to do if they become sick with flu-like symptoms, including infection with novel H1N1. The CDC also has issued instructions on taking care of a sick person at home and the use of facemasks and respirators to reduce 2009 H1N1 transmission. You should take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, including frequent hand washing, and people who are sick should stay home and avoid contact with others in order to limit further spread of this disease.
The CDC has developed a PCR diagnostic test kit to detect this novel H1N1 virus and has now distributed test kits to all states in the US, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. These test kits are being shipped internationally as well. This will allow states and other countries to test for this new virus.
Vaccines are a very important part of a response to novel H1N1 influenza and the US Government is aggressively taking early steps in the process to manufacture a novel H1N1 vaccine, working closely with manufacturers. The CDC isolated the new H1N1 virus, made a candidate vaccine virus strain that can be used to create vaccine, and is working with other agencies and industry to begin scaling up for testing and production of a vaccine. Making vaccine is a long multi-step process requiring several months to complete. The CDC has developed guidance for state and local public health departments to assist them in planning for a novel H1N1 influenza vaccination campaign. Additional guidance is forthcoming.
Novel Influenza A (H1N1) activity is being detected through the CDC’s routine influenza surveillance systems and reported weekly in FluView. The CDC tracks US influenza activity through multiple systems. While their influenza surveillance systems indicate that overall influenza activity is decreasing in the United States, novel H1N1 outbreaks are ongoing in different parts of the US, in some cases with intense influenza-like activity. Nearly 100 percent of the influenza viruses being detected now are novel H1N1 viruses.
- High Fever (101-104 °C)
- Chills and Body Aches
- Common Cold
- Runny Nose
- Scratchy Throat
- Itchy, Watery Eyes
- Runny Nose
A Guide For Parents with Children Attending Camps at UT Dallas
We encourage you to check your child for symptoms before bringing him or her to campus. Also, please remind your camper of steps to take to prevent the spread of germs. If your child does become ill with flu-like symptoms, please inform the campus supervisor.
What is the flu?
The flu (influenza) is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs that is caused by influenza virus. The flu can spread from person to person. Most people with flu are sick for about a week, but then feel better. However, some people (especially young children, pregnant women, older people, and people with chronic health problems) can get very sick and some can die.
What are the symptoms of the flu?
Most people with the flu feel tired and have fever, headache, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and sore muscles. Some people, especially children, may also have stomach problems and diarrhea. Cough can last two or more weeks.
How does the flu spread?
People that have the flu usually cough, sneeze, and have a runny nose, spreading droplets containing virus. Other people can get the flu by breathing in these droplets or getting them in their nose or mouth.
Is there medicine to treat the flu?
There are antiviral drugs for children 1 year and older that can make your child feel better, be less contagious, and get better sooner. But these drugs need to be prescribed by a doctor. To be effective, they should be administered the first two days of flu symptoms. Your doctor can discuss with you if these drugs are right for your child.
How can I protect my child against flu?
Take time to get a flu vaccine and get your child vaccinated too. Take everyday steps to prevent the spread of germs. This includes:
Clean your hands often and cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue
Tell your child to:
- Stay away from people who are sick
- Clean hands often
- Keep hands away from face
- Avoid sharing water bottles, food, utensils, towels and other personal items
What can I do if my child gets sick?
Consult your doctor and make sure your child gets plenty of rest and drinks a lot of fluids.
Can my child go to camp if he or she is sick?
No. Your child should stay home to rest and to avoid giving the flu to other children.
Should my child go to camp if other children are sick?
If many children get sick, it is up to you to decide whether to send your child to camp. You might want to check with your doctor, especially if your child has other health problems.
What if my child gets sick while at camp?
If your child shows symptoms of the flu while at camp, you will be called and asked to pick up your child.