Update on the swine flu
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Contact: Chuck Brown, Communications, 815-226-3374
Rockford College is being proactive in getting the word out about the H1N1 infection (also known as swine flu) even though no cases have been reported in the city of Rockford.
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, Wellness and Counseling, says simple things like washing your hands, 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 May 2, one likely case of the flu was reported in Boone County and there have been multiple reports of probable cases elsewhere in Illinois, either in Chicago or surrounding collar counties.
Bristol adds that the Lang Center is monitoring the situation, is in contact with local and state health authorities and is preparing for any contingency.
Students and employees considering travel to another country are being urged to consult the Web site of the Center for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov/travel) for travel alerts and checking in with Lang before and after the trip.
For more information, contact the Lang Center at 815-226-4083.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/swineflu_you.htm
Winnebago County Health Department: www.wchd.org