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Frequently Asked Questions about H1N1 Flu - University Housing Residents and Parents

With the H1N1 virus, staff and students are encouraged to report empty soap dispensers or any undesirable restroom conditions by calling FM Customer Service at ext. 3711 OR Building Services ext. 2067 for a prompt response.

SIUE administrators are actively planning and preparing for the flu season which will involve H1N1 flu (swine flu) in addition to the seasonal influenza. Housing administrators are part of a University-wide task force monitoring this situation. The task force is working closely with the Madison County Health Department and following the guidelines and recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC). At this time there are no campus notices or alerts.

Health care professionals encourage you to stay informed, stay healthy, and be prepared:

• SIUE has up to date information available on the homepage; use the H1N1 button at

• Stay informed by checking other websites such as

• Stay healthy by eating right, getting adequate sleep each night, and exercise.

• Take everyday actions to stay healthy to prevent the spread of Influenza which is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected persons.

In the interest of the University and especially the SIUE Housing community, it is expected each person will engage in the following:

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 cleansers are also effective.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread that way.

Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds, and other social distancing behaviors.

Find healthy ways to deal with stress and anxiety.

• H1N1 flu vaccines for students will be announced as soon as the vaccinations are available.

Be prepared by:

• Having hand sanitizer for your personal use.

• Having air/hard surface disinfectant like Lysol for your personal use.

• Include a thermometer in your personal first aid kit.

Questions and Answers related to University Housing

How can I prepare now for flu season?

When available, get vaccinated for seasonal flu and H1N1.

Purchase hand sanitizer for personal use; purchase air/hard surface disinfectant for personal use; have a supply of over-the-counter medicines available; have a supply of clear liquids available, have a supply of tissues available and don't share personal items.

Students should clean their living space on a routine and frequent basis. Additional cleaning is not necessary if routine cleaning has an established schedule. Most common household products will meet the anti-viral disinfecting guideline. Examples of common household cleansers that will meet the criteria include but are not limited to:
Lysol Disinfectant
TNT tile and Tub Cleaner
Ajax Cleansers
Mr. Clean
Windex products
Products with a quaternary ingredient.

Additional products are listed and may be found on the website:

What should I do if I become ill with flu-like symptoms?

Plan to self-isolate (stay away from others) at home. If you are unable to go home, stay in your residence hall room or apartment for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone (without the use of fever-reducing medicine) except to get medical care or for other necessities.

For sneezes and coughs, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Immediately throw away used tissue. Immediately clean hands after each sneeze or cough.

Wear a face mask - if available and tolerable - when sharing common spaces with others.

Avoid close contact with others. Do not go to work or school or ride public transportation while ill.

Get plenty of rest. Drink clear fluids to keep from getting dehydrated. If you experience the following symptoms, seek medical attention immediately:

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

What if my roommate is sick?

According to the CDC website, those who are well but living with ill family members or roommates with flu-like illnesses can go about their daily business as usual. They need to monitor their health daily and take commonsense precautions including washing hands often, with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand cleaners. They are also encouraged to remain at least six feet away from the ill family member or roommate at all times. More info: CDC Homecare Guide for Flu -

Does SIUE plan to quarantine or isolate campus residents?

The difference between quarantine and isolation can be summed up like this:

Isolation applies to persons who are known to be ill with a contagious disease.

Quarantine applies to those who have been exposed to a contagious disease but who may or may not become ill.

At this time, SIUE does not have any plans to isolate or quarantine students. SIUE will continue to follow CDC recommendations of self isolation for ill students and preventive hygiene practices for well students.

Are students required to leave campus if they become ill?

No. See Question above, "What should I do if I become ill with flu-like symptoms?" SIUE will not require ill students to leave campus if they develop flu-like illnesses; however, many students may find it more comfortable to return home for the time period to continue their recovery. Whenever possible, students wishing to return home to recover should travel by private vehicle rather than public transportation.

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