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H1N1 is here

Monday, September 21, 2009

Brent Nielsen, physician and medical director of Student Health Services

Brent Nielsen, physician and medical director of Student Health Services.

St. Cloud State has a number of cases of influenza-like illness consistent with H1N1, according to Brent Nielsen, physician and medical director of Student Health Services.

The latest information about flu at SCSU is at stcloudstate.edu/emergency.

Medical staff are answering an increasing number of flu-related questions via telephone, according to Corie Beckermann, director.

Nielsen and Beckermann encourage students and employees to prepare for a possible bout of flu by making a personal flu plan. View the “What to Do About the Flu" document (PDF).

People should self-isolate if they get flu-like symptoms, which are defined as fever greater than 100 and a cough or sore throat.

Student Health Services will not be providing notes to confirm illness. Faculty, staff and students should plan for absenteeism, be flexible and communicate clearly about flu-like illnesses, Nielsen said.

Student Health Services is following U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommendations on H1N1, according to Nielsen.

Seasonal flu vaccine is available now. A vaccine for H1N1 is expected in November.


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