Limestone Monitoring H1N1 Situation

As the H1N1/ influenza situation develops, communication with the campus community will increase to keep you informed of developments and of plans being implemented. We will send email updates as warranted, and will update information on this site.

Everyday actions that can prevent the spread of germs:
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

The symptoms of Influenza include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Body Aches
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • Fatigue

If you have these symptoms, please contact Health Services at 488-8348. Students who are sick are encouraged to go home if possible. If the student cannot go home, he/she should inform the Health Center so arrangements can be made for that individual.

Anyone who has Influenza must be free of fever without medication for 24 hours and then be checked by the nurse (by appointment) before returning to class.

Please call the health line for more information at 864-488-4558.

FAQ Regarding the flu H1N1

v What should I know about H1N1?

Ø H1N1 virus (formerly called the Swine Flu) is a respiratory disease with symptoms that are similar to the seasonal flu, including fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headaches, chills, and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with H1N1 flu. Like other viruses, it spreads through coughing or sneezing, or when people touch items that have the flu virus on them, and then touch their mouths or noses.

v What is the best way to avoid catching H1N1?

Ø The best way to avoid catching the flu virus is to wash or sanitize your hands frequently. Try to stay in good health. Get plenty of rest and eat healthy foods to keep your immune system strong.

v How is Limestone College monitoring the H1N1 the situation?

Ø The director of the Health Center and the Limestone Crisis Response Team maintains constant communication with and follows the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), and the World Health Organization (WHO). Our consulting physician is Dr. Todd Morgan.

v Will Limestone College offer the seasonal flu vaccine

Ø The seasonal flu vaccine will be given September 30 in the Student Center from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. The cost is $25.  The H1N1 vaccine is not available at this time.

v What should I do if I get sick?

Ø You should stay home or in your room and avoid contact with other people. The CDC recommends you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care. Your fever should be gone without the use of fever-reducing medicines. You should avoid normal activities, like class, work, travel, social events, etc. If you have a severe illness or you are at high risk of complications, then seek medical care.

v Should students attend class if they have the flu?

Ø Students with flu-like symptoms should not go to class. They should email their professors to inform them of their illness and contact the Health Center at 488-8348.

v What if the faculty and staff experience flu-like symptoms?

Ø Faculty and staff should not come to work if they experience flu-like symptoms. Additional questions should be directed to a supervisor or department chair.

v What if a student is sick and cannot go home?

Ø The student will be isolated to his/her room with a face mask. Meals will be delivered to the students along with a "flu care bag," and the student will be checked on by Limestone personnel.

v Where else can I learn about the H1N1 virus?

Ø The H1N1 site set up by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a good resource: http://cdc.gov/h1n1flu/

FYI: The overwhelming majority of H1N1 patients experience mild symptoms and make a rapid and full recovery. Most have reported symptoms similar to the seasonal flu. It is uncertain whether the H1N1 will remain mild, or if will become more severe as it spreads during the fall months.

In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent attention include:

  • Breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish or grey skin
  • Not drinking fluids
  • Severe vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

This requires emergency medical attention. Go to the ER or call 911.