Swine Flu Update

TAMPA, Fla. (July 9, 2009) -- Recently USF Student Health Services has received confirmation of three cases of H1N1 influenza in USF students. By the time the illness was confirmed as H1N1 all the students had recovered and are doing well.


As the media has reported, this influenza has been spreading worldwide yet remains a relatively mild illness at this time. With advent of this disease process on our campus and the likelihood that we will have more cases as time goes on, SHS wishes to review the measures we all can utilize to keep ourselves healthy. USF personnel and Student Health Services continue to closely monitor the situation to prepare for any necessary change in action.


USF Student Health Services encourages good health habits to prevent the spreading of flu. The most effective methods of prevention include:


Stay informed. The Student Health Services Web site and the sites listed below will be updated regularly as information becomes available.


Influenza is thought to be spread mainly person to person through the coughing or sneezing of infected people.


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 cleaners are also effective.


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


Stay home if you get sick. The 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 measures.


Find healthy ways to deal with stress and anxiety.


For more details on important habits to prevent spreading germs visit the Centers for Disease Control(CDC). These tips are especially important for students as they often experience a reduction in sleep and an increase in stress which may cause some compromise to their immune systems.


Additionally, we have posted links to a variety of sources of information on this flu here and on the Student Health Services Web site. Please visit this website for more details and regular updates on this national health concern.


Additional Resources:


CDC: Swine Flu

CDC: Swine Flu and You

CDC: Podcasts  

Student’s Guide to Swine Flu

World Health Organization Epidemic Outbreak News