Emergency Preparedness

Flu Information

Self-Reporting of Flu-Like Symptoms
Self-Care Fact Sheet for Influenza-Like Illness
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Dear Members of the Rivier Community,

Although flu activity is relatively low at this time, a majority of flu that is occurring is being caused by the H1N1 (swine) flu versus the seasonal flu virus. The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that flu activity is expected to continue, and will likely rise and fall over the next several months.

The CDC recommends influenza vaccination as the first and most important step in protecting against the flu.  During the fall semester, Rivier hosted vaccination clinics for both seasonal influenza and H1N1 influenza. Quibin Student Health Services still has a small number of H1N1 vaccines available for any resident students who still wish to receive the vaccine.  Non-resident students and other members of the Rivier community who wish to receive an H1N1 vaccine are urged to contact their primary care provider or the Nashua Public Health Department (phone: 589-4500).

There are also many ways that we can promote healthy living within our everyday lives. These tips can help us remain healthy during flu season:

  • Cover your nose and throat with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Promptly dispose of the tissue after use.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If these are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, as this is how germs spread.
  • If you are ill, remain home. The CDC recommends you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to avoid spreading germs to them.
  • Stay informed. Local and state public health departments are valuable sources of information.  In addition, this website will be updated as new flu information becomes available. Other helpful resources are:  www.cdc.gov and “1-800-CDC-INFO.”
     

Sincerely,

Rosemary H. Dougherty, MS, ARNP, BC
Director, Quibin Student Health Services
Rivier University

 

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