Health Services - H1N1 Flu Announcements

H1N1 FLU VACCINE

YOUR BEST SHOT TO FIGHT THE FLU

The H1N1 Flu vaccine is available FREE at the Health Services department

DOWNS HALL, RM. 126

Kean University ID card and a second form of ID are required.

Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

If you have any questions, contact Health Services at (908)737-4880.

WALK-INS ARE WELCOME.

 

H1N1 Flu News

As part of our standard procedure in issues related to public health, we are working closely with local and state health officials to share information and respond as appropriate.

The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services has created an H1N1 hotline to answers any questions about the vaccine or the illness.

 

H1N1 Basic Information

Signs & Symptoms

The symptoms of this new H1N1 flu virus in people are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and include:

  • fever
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • body aches
  • headache
  • chills and fatigue
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting

Prevention & Treatment

What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?

A vaccine is available right now to protect against this new H1N1 virus. For more information regarding the H1N1 vaccine, visit our H1N1 FAQ's section. There are also everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza.

Take these everyday steps to protect your health:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • 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 this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Stay home if you are sick until you are at least 24 hours fever free without the use of fever reducing medicines. This is to keep from infecting others and spreading the virus further.

Other important actions that you can take are:

  • Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.
  • Be prepared in case you get sick and need to stay home for a week or so; a supply of over-the-counter medicines, alcohol-based hand rubs, tissues and other related items might could be useful and help avoid the need to make trips out in public while you are sick and contagious.

What is the best way to keep from spreading the virus through coughing or sneezing?

If you are sick, limit your contact with other people as much as possible. If you are sick, stay home until you are at least 24 hours fever free without the use of fever reducing medicines. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Put your used tissue in the waste basket. Then, clean your hands, and do so every time you cough or sneeze.

What is the best technique for washing my hands to avoid getting the flu?

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. Wash with soap and water or clean with alcohol-based hand cleaner. CDC recommends that when you wash your hands -- with soap and warm water -- that you wash for 15 to 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used. You can find them in most supermarkets and drugstores. If using gel, rub your hands until the gel is dry. The gel doesn't need water to work; the alcohol in it kills the germs on your hands.

What should I do if I get sick?

If you live in areas where people have been identified with new H1N1 flu and become ill with influenza-like symptoms, including fever, body aches, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people. Staying at home means that you should not leave your home except to seek medical care. This means avoiding normal activities, including work, school, travel, shopping, social events, and public gatherings

If you have severe illness or you are at high risk for flu complications, contact your health care provider or seek medical care. Your health care provider will determine whether flu testing or treatment is needed.

 

H1N1 Frequently Asked Questions

*NEW* ON FAQ'S: H1N1 VACCINE QUESTIONS

 

H1N1 Helpful Links

 

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