Important information on Swine Flu Virus
April 27, 2009
The following informational bulletin on the Swine Flu Virus is provided by ACCC's Human Resources and Health Services:
The swine flu virus that is causing illness in Mexico is a flu virus made up of swine influenza A (H1N1). This same virus is being seen internationally.
To date, no cases have been diagnosed in Atlantic or Cape May counties.
The World Health Organization, The Centers for Disease Control and your local Health Departments have policies in place to address illnesses. Atlantic Cape Community College also has a comprehensive Pandemic Plan.
At this time the medical community has moved forward with their plans, meaning they are increasing communication with County Public Health offices and are requesting increased surveillance.
Things that you can do to stop the spread of illness:
- Stay home when ill
- Cover your mouth when you cough
- Wash hands
- Avoid touching your eyes and your mouth
- Avoid shaking hands
- Avoid large crowds
Seek medical attention immediately if you have the following symptoms:
- High fever
- Severe body aches
- Severe nausea
The flu virus circulating does respond to two antiviral medications; therefore, seek your physician's advice within 48 hours.
To prepare your household for illness:
- Stock a two-week supply of food, water and any prescription medications
- Use your computer for any updated information
- Keep a battery-powered radio and extra batteries
- First aid supplies including Advil, Tylenol
Web sites for updated information:
If you have any questions, please call Sara Turner, College Nurse: (609) 343-5112.
Sara Turner, R.N., M.S.N., PHN