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H1N1 Virus ("Swine Flu") Information

Health is a high priority for academic success, and we invite you to partner with us in this adventure.

H1N1 flu is a vital concern to all of us. The symptoms are similar to

seasonal flu, but the population that is presenting with the highest number

of cases and the most complications is not the elderly but individuals in the

0-24 years-aged group.


Educating Campus

Seattle Pacific has put in place a number of actions to decrease the

spread of H1N1 and educate our staff, faculty, and student in ways the

help prevent the spread of this and other illnesses.

You will hear terms such as

  • "Social distancing" (e.g., self isolate if you are ill; not going to class

or activities if you are ill)

  • "Community mitigation" (e.g., using the hand sanitizers in food

venues, and soap and water where available)

  • "Respiratory etiquette" (e.g., cough or sneeze in your sleeve, and

use a tissue once and discard)

Such personal behaviors/responsibilities show respect for yourself and

others in reducing the spread of infections.

We are also asking students to prepare flu kits to have on hand to augment the University's preparations. A list of items can be found at Flu Kits for Students.

Incorporated in this list are food items to supplement the sick trays from

food services, personal care items and medications for self care, and

cleaning supplies for surfaces that are frequently touched.

At SPU, we are following the national and state progress of H1N1 and are

in contact with the local health department. This page will be updated as recommendations and plans change to manage the university responses

to H1N1.

How can I prevent the spread of flu?

The best prevention for all types of influenza is to receive flu immunizations. These strategies can help:

  • Wash hands frequently, especially after you cough or sneeze

(i.e., use waterless hand sanitizer when soap and warm water are unavailable).

  • Sanitize hard surfaces such as tables, desks, door knobs frequently. You can use household disinfecting wipes or spray disinfectants

that kill bacteria and viruses.

  • Cover your cough (i.e., cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve, not into your hands).
  • Social distancing (i.e., avoiding large groups and contact with sick people).
  • Stay home when you are ill to protect others and accelerate your recovery.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Get the H1N1 vaccine when it is available.

How can I tell if I have the flu?

The symptoms of both the seasonal flu and the H1N1 virus are the same:

  • Sudden onset of fever.
  • Chills.
  • Headache.
  • Muscle aches.
  • May also include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, sore throat, and cough.
  • Difficulty breathing.

If you become sick, the duration of the illness can be limited with antiviral medications given at the first sign of symptoms.

Emergency warning signs

If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, seek medical attention immediately:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen.
  • Sudden dizziness.
  • Confusion.
  • Severe or persistent vomiting.
  • Blue color to skin.
  • Unable to eat or drink.
  • Fever over 102 degrees F that does not resolve with medication.
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve, but then fever returns and cough worsens.


Updated 03/08/2010



Helpful Links

Influenza & Spring Break Message from American College Health Association & CDC -March 5, 2010

H1N1 Immunization Information

SPU Community Communications


To Faculty, Staff, and Students 10-30-09

To Residential Students 09-11-09

To Commuter Students 09-11-09

To Graduate Students 09-11-09

To Parents 09-09-09

To Faculty 09-03-09

Spring 2009 Archives


What Can I Do?

Preventing the Flu

Get vaccinated for H1N1 Vaccine Information Statement

Flu Kits for Students

Flu Treatment

What Should I Eat When I Have the Flu?

Guidance for Travelers

Taking Care of a Sick Person

Masks and Respirator Use

How Are You Feeling? A Student’s Guide (PDF)

Managing Your Anxiety About H1N1

Control of Pandemic Flu Virus on Environmental Surfaces in Homes and Public Places (PDF)

Helpful Links

General Information about H1N1

Washington Department of Health

CDC Key Facts









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