Joliet Junior College is monitoring the H1N1 influenza, or swine flu, and is receiving updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Will County Department of Public Health.
H1N1 Flu Symptoms
The CDC has identified the symptoms of H1N1 influenza as "similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu."
H1N1 Flu Prevention Recommendations
The CDC recommends the following practices to help prevent the spread of illnesses such as the H1N1 flu:
- Cover your nose and mouth with your elbow or sleeve when you cough or sneeze.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) Keep away from others as much as possible to keep from making others sick.
- If you are a student, make sure you contact your faculty members to let them know you won't be attending your classes.
Get a Seasonal Flu Vaccination
The Illinois Department of Public Health is encouraging students, faculty and staff (except those with contraindications) to get a seasonal flu shot as soon as the vaccine is available.
JJC Cleaning Procedures
JJC performs a comprehensive cleaning regimen on a daily basis. This includes cleaning of all classrooms, laboratories, offices, public areas, and restrooms. Hand sanitizer dispensers are also located throughout JJC buildings.
For more information, see the important resources page.