Is swine flu, or H1N1 flu, back on campus? What if it strikes you, your roommate, or someone in your class?
Before you brush it off as hype, keep in mind that young adults, even healthy ones, are one of the high-risk groups for a bad case of swine flu. Although most cases haven't been severe, there have been deaths, affecting young adults more than you might expect.
Here are 12 tips for dealing with swine flu on campus.
1. Sick? Just stay home. From classes. From games. From the parties that,...
It’s a shot that protects you from the flu virus. You normally get it in your arm, but you can also get it as a nasal spray. It’s made from the three or four flu viruses that are most likely to make you sick during the upcoming year.
Who Should Get It?
Almost everyone 6 months of age and older.
Some people are more at risk of getting very sick from complications of the flu than others. These groups should be sure to get a flu shot each year:
Children, especially from 6 months of age to the age of 5
Seniors over age 65
People with existing health conditions
Travelers and people living abroad
The following people should not get a flu shot:
Children under 6 months old
People who are very allergic to the flu shot or any of its ingredients
Talk to your doctor before you get the shot if you have any of these symptoms:
An allergy to eggs or any of the other ingredients in the vaccine
A history of Guillian-Barre syndrome
If you’re just not feeling well
When Should I Get It?
As soon as they become available, by October, if possible. It’s best to get the vaccine before the flu season starts. But you can still get it in January or even later.