H1N1 Flu Information @ the Library

If you’re home sick wondering if you have the H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) and how to treat it, here are some links you will find helpful. Also if you don’t have it, but want to be prepared with the supplies that you need so you don’t have to rush to the grocery store while you’re sick, there is some information and a list of supplies also. This is not a substitute for medical information from your doctor, just supplemental information.

The Idaho Health Sciences Library (IHSL) is part of Oboler Library and has links to a great deal of health information resources. right on the front page it has a link to Flu.gov. This page contains information about prevention and treatment, includes a blog, FAQ page, and a lot more. IHSL also has a link to MedlinePlus, the consumer health information service (under databases.) Searching “swine flu” or “H1N1″ yields many results, a lot of helpful information.

ISU’s Student Health Center has also worked on getting a lot of information out. They have a big orange link to their seasonal and H1N1(Swine) flu page right on the front page. It covers symptoms, prevention, and helpful links about the flu.

One of the most helpful items I found and used on preparing for the H1N1 Flu came out on News and Notes and I am reprinting it here. I used the supply list to prepare my home so I have items on hand when I need them, and don’t need to rush to the grocery store when I’m sick.

“ISU Student Health Center offers tips for preparing for flu season
Here are some items ISU Student Health Center recommends keeping on-hand:

Thermometer
Tylenol and ibuprofen
Fluids such as PowerAde and Gatorade
Soups and other foods of choice
Masks—available at hardware stores—if you desire

Protocols to follow:
Establish a “flu buddy”—someone to check on you and bring you supplies.
Wash hands frequently.
Clean flat surfaces with disinfectant regularly—include keyboards, phones.
Stay 6 feet away from sneezers and weezers.
Cover your cough preferably with your sleeve, not your hands.
Don’t shake hands as a social greeting.
Stay home if you are ill with a fever—until fever free for 24 hours without Tylenol and ibuprofen.

Call the Student Health Center before coming into the health center—most ill students will not need to be seen.
If you are having chest pain or difficulty breathing, go to a local care center or the Student Health Center right away.

Get your seasonal flu shot – they are now available at the Student Health Center.
Get the H1N1 flu shot, when available.
Call the Student Health Center at ext. 2330 with questions.”

Good luck with getting over the flu quickly if you get it, and not infecting others.

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