Wednesday, November 4, 2009

SHS Flu Update: November 3, 2009

A Possible Case
-Recently there have been 3 assumed cases of H1N1 Flu within the Residence Community
-The signs and symptoms of the H1N1 flu virus are similar to seasonal influenza.
-As with seasonal flu, most people who catch H1N1 flu do not get seriously ill.
-The current recommendations by the WHO, Health Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and Toronto Public Health are to treat H1N1 flu as if it were the seasonal flu.

What do I do if I’m suffering Flu-like Symptoms
-Communicate it to your RA, and the Student Housing Services Office ( and a contact in your Academic Program
-Isolate yourself from the Residence and Ryerson community – do not attend classes, events, social gatherings or visit the cafeteria or common lounges.
-If you are unable to go home - stay in your room until 24 hours after your fever has stopped and once you are feeling 100% well
-Get a Flu Buddy to bring you meals, fluids, etc. If you are unable to identify a friend to perform such duties please communicate this to your RA.

How can I stop the transmission of the flu?
-Get vaccinated at the Residence Flu Clinic on Wed Nov 11 from 5-7pm in PH200
-Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for 30 seconds or clean your hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizer
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
-Cough or sneeze into a tissue and wash or sanitize your hands afterwards
-Don’t share objects that might transmit flu such as utensils and drinking cups, water bottles etc.
-Watch for flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches and possibly vomiting or diarrhea and stay home if these appear
-Stay well rested, be physically active, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food

More H1N1 Information

For Ryerson University H1N1 Updates please visit:

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