August 27, 2009
H1N1 Influenza Update
TO: UNC Asheville,
Students Faculty and Staff
FROM: Jay Cutspec, Director of Student Health and Counseling
With the fall semester
now underway, UNC Asheville officials continue to monitor the H1N1 influenza
virus (swine flu) through collaboration with the Buncombe County Health
Center, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and UNC
The Centers for Disease
Control (CDC) has made specific recommendations that those with the flu or
flu like symptoms stay home 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).
While the H1N1 influenza
appears to be mild in otherwise healthy people, it can spread easily from
person to person. Therefore, we are taking steps to prevent the spread of
flu at UNC Asheville for as long as possible, but we need your help.
All students with
flu-like symptoms should contact Health Services at 828/251-6520.
Faculty and staff
members with flu-like symptoms as described above should stay home until
at least 24 hours after the fever has subsided. In order to track the
severity of flu symptoms on campus, supervisors and department chairs
will be asked to report to Health Services the incidence and duration of
all absences that occur as a result of flu-like illnesses. More specific
information about reporting responsibilities will be shared with
supervisors and department chairs in the days to come.
Practice good hand
hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after
coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective.
etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough
or sneeze. If you donít 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, which include a fever, cough and/or sore throat. A
fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or
greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Other
possible signs of fever are flushed appearance, sweating or shivering.
You may also want to
talk to your health care provider about vaccinations.
The Buncombe Health
Center will be the source of the H1N1 influenza vaccine for our campus.
We expect to be able to make it available to students, faculty and staff
ages 24 and younger or in high risk categories for free later this fall.
To see the Centers for Disease Control's list of those who should be
vaccinated, click on
In addition, Health
Services will also again offer the routine seasonal influenza vaccine to
all students beginning in October for
a small fee. Faculty and staff may receive a seasonal flu shot from their
health care provider or through campus flu shot
clinics hosted by Blue Cross-Blue Shield of North Carolina this fall.
We will keep you updated
with new information as it becomes available to us. In the meantime, if you
have questions, call UNC Asheville's Health Services at 828/251-6520 or
about H1N1 influenza on college campuses is available online at