Avila University
SWINE FLU
The Swine Flu outbreak continues to grow in the United States and internationally.  This flu is a respiratory disease caused by type A Influenza viruses that don’t normally infect humans. However, this strain is contagious, is currently spreading from human to human, and those who experience symptoms should seek treatment immediately.

Symptoms

This flu is similar to other Influenza A types of seasonal flu that are commonly experienced in this geographic area from December through March.  The symptoms may include:

  • Fever (usually high-102 degrees and above)

  • Runny or stuffy nose

  • Muscle aches

  • Sore throat

  • Headache

  • Extreme fatigue

  • Dry cough

  • Stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, are more common in children than adults

Rapid progression of respiratory symptoms should be taken seriously and immediate medical evaluation is recommended. Contact your own health care provider to assist with your personal medical needs.



Precautions

>> Download the CDC Guidelines

Precautions that should be taken to reduce the chance of infection with flu are as follows:

  • FREQUENT HAND WASHING - wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and then properly dispose of the tissue

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth to reduce the spread of germs

  • Practice good health habits- eat right, sleep enough, exercise and avoid/limit the use of alcohol

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people

  • If you get sick, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit activities and contact with others

 


Students, faculty, or staff who live either on or off campus and who have ILI (influenza like symptoms) should:

  • Stay home from work or school to limit contact with others to keep from making others sick.
  • Self-isolate (i.e., stay away from others) in residence hall room or at home for at least 24 hours after fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Fever should be gone without the use of fever-reducing medicines such as Tylenol, acetaminophen, Advil, ibuprofen and/or Aleve.)
  • Use appropriate respiratory and hand hygiene (as listed in section two on the reverse side).
  • Get lots of rest, drink plenty of liquids, and use OTC (over the counter) medications to relieve flu symptoms. Never give aspirin to children or teenagers who have ILI, particularly for fever.
  • Consult medical care early and take antiviral drugs if recommended (as listed in section three on the reverse side).

If residence hall students are sick and have contacted Avila Health Services, there are dining hall procedures in place for food service assistance. Residence students have the ability to get food to their room so they do not have to go to the dining hall by contacting food service at 816-501-3755.

If seeking care in Avila Health Services for symptoms of ILI, it is advisable to contact the office by telephone or e-mail to make an appointment. Appointments are preferred to reduce contact with others in Hodes Center. If needed, referrals for medical care in the Kansas City area can be recommended from Avila Health Services. If seeking medical care with your own health care provider, follow their recommendations for appointments or walk-in care.

Confirmed cases of H1N1 are to be reported to Avila Health Services in accordance with the university’s communicable disease policy. Guidelines for reporting and outbreak control measures will be followed in accordance with Kansas City, Jackson County, and Missouri Department of Health and CDC. Avila University Health Services respects that an individual with a reportable communicable disease has the right to privacy and confidentiality.

AU Seasonal Flu Shot Clinic Cost: $25.00
Wednesday, November 11 & Thursday, November 12 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Health Services, 105 Hodes Center


As H1N1 Flu Vaccine becomes available in the fall in the KC area Health Departments, that information will be shared with the Avila community.