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A healthy reminder for travel for the holiday season

12/3/2009 —

This past June, H1N1 (or swine flu) became a household name as reports of the unusual flu popped up all around the world. The virus is most likely to affect individuals between the ages of 6 months and 25 years old, making college campuses a prime location for a high number of cases. Those who contract the illness can still get the seasonal flu. Therefore, it is important to get the seasonal flu vaccine. Fighting both strains of flu (seasonal and H1N1) begins with hand washing, proper cold etiquette (by coughing or sneezing into your sleeve), and/or obtaining a flu shot. It is recommended that ill individuals exclude themselves from the public until fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication — a process that can take several days.

As students prepare to go home for the holidays, it is important to remember to continue practicing good hygiene as described above. Also, since this is a time of feasting and sharing, it is important to be careful not to share utensils and cups.

If anyone is experiencing flu-like symptoms at the time they are scheduled to return to the campus after the holiday break, they should stay home until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication before returning to the campus. This will help to ensure our campus continues to stay healthy for the rest of the fall semester.

For more information about H1N1, visit www.flu.psu.edu.

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