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Recommendations for residential students
  • Students who are ill with H1N1 should "self-isolate"-i.e., severely curtail their interactions with others except to seek medical care-until at least 24 hours after they no longer display fever symptoms without the aid of fever-reducing medicine.
  • If possible, ill students should return home to recuperate and minimize the risk of infecting others if they live nearby and can do so without using public transportation.
  • Students who cannot return home should be isolated as much as possible. (The CDC suggests students serve as "flu buddies," pairing up to take care of each other when ill to limit contact between sick and well people, but this may not be practical for all campuses.)
  • Schools with shared dormitory facilities rather than private dormitory rooms may wish to set up alternative isolation areas for sick students who cannot leave campus. 
Recommendations for commuter students
  • Commuter students ill with H1N1 should practice self-isolation (whether at their own home or the home of a friend/relative) and not return to campus until they have recovered.
  • Commuter students who can utilize distance-learning methods may be able to continue studies even while ill. (This also applies to resident students.)
Recommendations for all
  • Wash hands frequently and avoid touching your face.
  • Use instant hand sanitizers.
  • Keep immune system strong with regular exercise, vitamin-rich foods, sufficient sleep and plenty of fluids.
  • Keep stress under control.
  • Avoid sharing eating utensils, water bottles, towels or bedding without first washing these items with soap and hot water.
  • Clean surfaces soiled with body fluids with a household disinfectant. (Use gloves while cleaning.)
  • Keep kitchens and bathrooms clean.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Clean things that are touched often with antiseptic wipes.
  • Carry antiseptic wipes in your book bag.
  • Avoid close contact with others, especially if they are ill. Avoid crowded conditions when possible. If you develop symptoms of illness, stay away from others and seek treatment immediately.
  • Do not reuse tissues or handkerchiefs.
  • Cover your cough (cough into your sleeve at the elbow).
  • Stay away from work or classes when sick with a fever or actively coughing.
  • More information on tips to prevent the spread of the flu.