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Montana Western initiates contingency plan for H1N1

UMW News Bureau

national day of service photoThe University of Montana Western is working closely with the Beaverhead County Health Department to prepare for the flu season. The University of Montana Western is working closely with the Beaverhead County Health Department to prepare for the flu season, including the implementation of a plan to deal with the potential of an outbreak of the novel H1N1 virus. Please click here for a letter on flu preparation from Montana Western Chancellor Richard Storey. Students, staff and faculty are urged to take every possible measure to avoid contracting the flu, including talking to a physician about whether or not to get the flu vaccine. There will be two flu shot clinics at the Beaverhead County Health Department located on Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 from 12 to 5:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will also be two flu shot clinics held at the Lewis & Clark Room on the Montana Western campus on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009 from 7 to 10 a.m. and on Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 7 to 10:30 a.m. The Center for Disease Control also encourages the public to take these simple, precautionary measures: covercough_school8-5x11
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective.
  • Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. A fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if the person feels very warm, has a flushed appearance, or is sweating or shivering.
  • Stay home if you have flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). Don’t go to class or work. If in a class, contact the professor. Employees should follow our policy manual.
  • Talk with your health care providers about whether you should be vaccinated for seasonal flu.
In addition, if you are at higher risk for complications from H1N1 flu, you should consider getting the H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available. People at higher risk for H1N1 flu complications include pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, heart disease, or diabetes).

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