H1N1 (Swine Flu)

The U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention issued a public health emergency alert Sunday. The alert was issued as a precaution and the University’s actions are consistent with those measures. There is no imminent danger to the health of the University community.

The University of Michigan has developed comprehensive plans for protecting the safety and well-being of our students, staff and faculty in the event of large-scale flu infections or any other major epidemic of an infectious disease. However, ordinary varieties of flu affect millions of people worldwide each year, and other infectious illnesses increase in frequency during the winter months. Individuals can take measures to help reduce the spread of illness.

Preventative Tips

Avoid close contact
Avoid close contact with those who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick, too.

Stay home when ill
If possible, stay home from work, school or errands when you are sick. You will help others from catching your illness.

Cover your coughs
Cover your nose with a tissue when sneezing and dispose of the tissues properly. When coughing, cover your mouth with your arm, not your hand. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

Wash your hands
Washing your hands with soap and water often will help protect you from germs.

Avoid touching your face
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.

Practice good health habits
Get plenty of sleep, by physically active, drink plenty of fluids, manage your stress and eat nutritious foods.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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