Influenza Emergency

flu Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

In the event of an influenza emergency on campus the Incident Command Team will activate the Emergecy Operations Center.

The type and scope of the response will be directly based on the severity of the emergency. Pandemic Response Plan

Basic Influenza Information:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Influenza Basics

Important information regarding H1N1 Influenza in Texas

Cases of H1N1 Influenza continue to be reported across Texas, the United States and the world. It is expected there will be a resurgence of H1N1 flu as we move into the fall. Most of the H1N1 cases in Texas and the U.S. continue to be mild and most individuals are recovering quickly and completely without any medical treatment.

The incidence of seasonal flu will be increasing as we approach the typical fall flu season in North America. We strongly recommend individuals receive the seasonal flu vaccine when it becomes available. The H1N1 vaccine is expected to be available in mid to late October.

Symptoms

Symptoms of H1N1 Influenza are similar to those of the seasonal flu. They include:

  • sudden onset of fever over 100 degrees F
  • sore throat and/or cough
  • nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea

People who have H1N1 Influenza may also have body aches or fatigue.  H1N1 influenza, like seasonal flu, is responsive to prescription anti-viral medication. Most individuals will not require medical treatment. However, if you are among the population at high risk for flu complications you should seek medical advice if you experience flu-like illness. High risk populations are:

  • pregnant women
  • Chronic health problems (asthmas, diabetes, heart disease, immune deficiency)
  • Over age 65

To prevent the spread of flu

  • Stay home if you are sick-do not go to class or work until you have been without fever for 24 hours without using anti-fever medications (acetaminophen, ibuprofen)
  • Cover your cough
  • Wash your hands frequently
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