The symptoms of H1N1 flu are similar to those of the regular human flu—fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Everyday prevention techniques are critically important. They include covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze; throwing the tissue in the trash after you use it; washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze; avoiding close contact with sick people; not touching your eyes, nose or mouth so that you don’t spread germs; staying home from work or school except to seek medical care.
Multimedia: Expert Advice
Dr. Lisa Marie Esolen, director of infection control at Geisinger Health System, discusses characteristics of the H1N1 flu and the reasons why colleges and universities are especially vulnerable.
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Information and Resources on the Web
- Susquehanna’s Classroom Preparation Strategies
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Pennsylvania Department of Health H1N1 flu information
- The World Health Organization
- The Pan American Health Organization