[Blueboard] Influenza A (H1N1) Advisory

tltesta at ateneo.edu tltesta at ateneo.edu
Fri Jun 5 10:31:19 PHT 2009

The DOH has reported several cases of local infection of the H1N1
virus.  This means that the infection was acquired by persons who did
not have a record of travel abroad but were exposed to persons who
came from abroad carrying the virus.  In view of this, please take
note of the following guidelines to prevent the spread of the H1N1
virus or of any of the other seasonal respiratory virus in the Ateneo

    a) If you become ill of flu or manifest flu-like symptoms including fever,
body aches, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, nausea, or vomiting or
diarrhea even if you have not travelled abroad, you are asked to stay  
home and avoid contact with other people until you feel better.

    b) 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

    c) Please do not visit our clinics inside the campus.  You may
however call our health care professionals who can advise you if
testing for Infulenza A (H1N1) is necessary.

    d) If you become ill and experience any of the following warning
signs, seek emergency medical care.

In children, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical
attention include:

    * Difficulty or trouble breathing
    * Bluish or gray skin color
    * Not drinking enough fluids
    * Severe or persistent vomiting
    * Not waking up or not interacting
    * Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
    * Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

    * Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    * Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
    * Sudden dizziness
    * Confusion
    * Severe or persistent vomiting
    * Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

    e) If you have recently arrived from a country with known H1N1
cases, please exercise self quarantine for 10 days before coming to
the University.

    f) If you are sick from any other respiratory viruses that cause
flu-like symptoms while in the University, you are advised to inform  
your immediate superior and go home immediately.

To prevent the spread of H1N1 virus, the DOH recommends the following:

1. Wash your hands, wash your hands, and wash your hands!  Hand
washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after touching
objects, surfaces or another person's hands can physically remove cold

2. When water isn't available, use alcohol-based liquid hand
sanitizers frequently especially when hand washing is really not
possible.  If using a gel, rub your hands until the gel is dry.  It
does not require water to work, the alcohol in it will kill germs on
your hands.  But remember that not all germicidal lotions will
kill cold viruses.

3. If you sneeze or cough, cover your nose or mouth.  Avoid rubbing or
touching your eyes and nose.  Cold and flu are often spread by
hand-to-hand contact.  Also, avoid directly facing an individual who is
coughing and sneezing.  If you do sneeze into your hands, make sure
you clean them, and do this EVERY time you sneeze or cough.

4. Limit your exposure (even brief contact) to persons who have flu or
flu-like symptoms especially during the first several days of their
flu symptoms.  Avoid crowded places.

5. Stay home if you are experiencing any flu symptoms.  Do not report to work!

6. For individual who are excessively stressed, some studies favor the
use of daily vitamin C during the cold and flu season.

7. Eating a balanced diet and getting adequate sleep is a good first
step in keeping your immune system from getting overly stressed.  When
you are rested, you will be better prepared to fight off illness.

8. Remind your children to practice healthy habits.  And of course
that means lots of hand washing, covering their mouth when they cough
or sneeze and using hand sanitizers when water isn't available.

9. Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched items like
doorknobs, telephones, etc.  Disinfecting actually destroys germs, it
doesn't just clean surfaces.  Follow instructions of disinfectants.
Germs may live on countertops and surfaces for hours or even days.

10. Finally, if you have flu symptoms, see your doctor immediately.

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