Preparing for the Flu (Including 2009 H1N1 Flu): A Communication Toolkit for Institutions of Higher Education   [open pdf - 1MB]

"This new guidance applies to any flu virus circulating during the 2009-2010 academic year, not only 2009 H1N1 flu. It recognizes the need to balance risks of illness among faculty, students, and staff with the benefits of keeping students in classes. It offers strategies and guidance for current flu conditions and for more severe flu conditions. This guidance recommends that, based on current flu conditions, faculty, students, and staff with flu-like illness should stay in their home, dormitory, or residence hall until at least 24 hours after they 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). This is a shorter time period than outlined in previous CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidance, which recommended that sick faculty, students, and staff remain at home 7 days after symptoms begin. The recommendation to stay away from classes and from work for 7 days will be made only under more severe flu conditions. Under more severe conditions, a longer period will be recommended for healthcare settings and anywhere a high number of people at higher risk for complications from flu may be exposed."

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