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NIACC prepares for H1N1 threat

During primary and higher education, students spend their days in germ vacuums.

Since people are packed tightly together in buildings, cells and bacteria fly through the air with a variety of people to infect.

The H1N1 virus started its travels through North America last April. Logically, it was only a matter of time before the virus knocked on the door of college campuses.

In Iowa, Luther College, Iowa State University and Central College have each reported at least one case of H1N1.

Most traditional, American, college students have never encountered a pandemic. Because of this inexperience, the seriousness of the situation may be lost on most students, and then they don’t take the precautions to avoid infection.

Being diagnosed with the H1N1 virus isn’t a death sentence for most, but the number of fatalities due to it estimates to be slightly higher than the annual fatalities due to normal influenza (which, according to the Center of Disease Control, is 36,000.)

The infected age group makes H1N1 unique. Seasonal flu proves a danger to the young and elderly, but H1N1 primarily infects 2 month to 24 year olds.

Other than the age group difference, students shouldn’t treat H1N1 much differently than a serious case of the flu.

NIACC’s Web site posted a public announcement that lists the symptoms of H1N1, explains the pathology of the virus, how students should handle themselves if they become infected and preventative measures to take to avoid the virus.

Don’t want to be the student who introduces H1N1 to NIACC? Wash your hands, eat healthy, cough and sneeze into your sleeve (not your hands), stay home if you’re sick and get the flu vaccine shot when available.

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