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Rockford College turns proactive to prevent swine origin flu

Thursday, April 30, 2009  
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For immediate release – 4/29/09
Contact: Chuck Brown, Communications, 815-226-3374

Rockford College is being proactive in getting the word out about swine origin flu even though no cases have been reported in the Rockford area.

The college is publicizing prevention measures on campus including e-mails to students, faculty and staff, and posters around campus urging people to wash their hands often and use common sense strategies to prevent getting and spreading the flu.

Cecelia Bristol, director of the college’s Lang Center for Health and Wellness, says simple things like covering your mouth when sneezing or coughing and avoiding people who are ill can go a long way in containing the illness.

Bristol is asking that students on campus who have flu-like symptoms should promptly go to the Lang Center for evaluation. Employees, meanwhile, are being urged to see their personal physician in such cases.

Symptoms include a fever, sore throat, cough, body aches, fatigue, chills, and occasional nausea or diarrhea. 

As of April 29, nine cases of the swine origin flu have been reported in Illinois, either in Chicago or surrounding collar counties.

For more information, contact the Lang Center at 815-226-4083.  

                                                            
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Related Links:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/swineflu_you.htm
Winnebago County Health Department: www.wchd.org


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