Flu Season Preparedness
UNF administrators are actively planning and preparing for the flu season which will involve H1N1 flu (swine flu) in addition to other influenza. Housing administrators are part of a university-wide task force monitoring this situation. All campus facilities are in full compliance with the guidelines and recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Duval County Health Department, the UNF Environmental Health & Safety Department (EH&S), and the UNF Student Health Services (SHS). At this time, there are no campus notices or alerts. Health care professionals encourage you to stay informed, stay healthy, and be prepared.
Tips for Preparedness
- Eat healthy, get 8 to 10 hours of sleep per night, and exercise.
- Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person, through coughing or sneezing of infected persons.
- Take everyday actions to stay healthy:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
- Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them
- Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing behaviors.
- Find healthy ways to deal with stress and anxiety.
- Vaccinations for H1N1 flu for students under 24 years of age may be available in October. Seasonal flu vaccine for all students, staff, and faculty will likely be available prior to October.
- Purchase hand sanitizer for your personal use.
- Purchase air/hard surface disinfectant for your personal use.
- Include a thermometer in your personal first aid kit.
*Information from the CDC and other health agencies.
Frequently Asked Questions
Get vaccinated for the H1N1 flu
Purchase hand sanitizer for personal use; purchase air/hard surface disinfectant for personal use; have a supply of over-the counter medicines available; have a supply of clear liquids available; and have a supply of tissues available.
Plan to self-isolate.
- Stay away from others in your residence hall room or apartment for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone (without the use of fever-reducing medicine), except to get medical care or for other necessities.
- For sneezes and coughs, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Immediately throw away used tissue. Immediately clean hands after each sneeze or cough.
- Wear a face mask when sharing common spaces with others.
- Avoid close contact with others. Do not go to work or school, or ride public transportation while ill.
- Get plenty of rest. Drink clear fluids to keep from getting dehydrated
If you experience the following symptoms, seek medical attention immediately:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness
- Severe persistent vomiting
- Flu-like symptoms improve then return with fever and worse cough
According to the CDC website, those who are well but living with ill family members or roommates with flu-like illness can go about their daily business as usual. They need to monitor their health daily and take common sense precautions including washing hands often with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand cleaners. They are also encouraged to remain at least 6 feet away from the ill family member or roommate at all times.
More info: CDC Home Care Guide for Flu
No. At this time, Florida is on a level 2 (on a scale of 5 with 5 being the most severe level) alert. Quarantining sick individuals is not a recommended response in a level 2 outbreak. Campus, as well as off campus residents are encouraged to self-isolate in their rooms or apartments if they are experiencing flu-like illness. See "Q. What should I do if I become ill with flu-like symptoms?" above.
No. See "Q. What should I do if I become ill with flu-like symptoms?" above.
UNF does not require ill students to leave campus if they develop flu-like illnesses. However, many students may find it more comfortable to return home for that time period to continue their recovery. Whenever possible, students wishing to return home to recover should travel by private vehicle rather than public transportation.
Students are required to keep living areas clean on an ongoing basis and semi-private/private bathrooms clean between weekly staff cleanings. To that end, the CDC recommends that surfaces are kept clean "by wiping them down with household disinfectants according to directions on the product label. Several chemical germicides, including chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, detergents (soap), iodophors (iodine-based antiseptics), and alcohols are effective against human influenza viruses if used in proper concentration for a sufficient length of time."
- Linens, eating utensils, and dishes belonging to those with flu-like illness do not need to be cleaned separately. These items should not be shared without washing thoroughly first however.
- Wash sheets, towels, and other linens using household laundry detergent and dry on a hot setting. Avoid "hugging" the dirty laundry of an ill individual, and clean hands with soap and water or alcohol-based cleaner immediately after handling laundry.
- Eating utensils should be washed either in a dishwasher or by hand with soap and water.
Some Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggested household or personal products for cleaning and sanitizing:
- Lysol Brand Disinfectant Foam Power Heavy Duty Bathroom Cleaner
- Lysol Brand Disinfectant Direct Multi-Purpose Cleaner
- Lysol Brand Pre-Moistened Touch-Ups Disinfecting Cleaning Wipes
- Lysol Brand Foaming Disinfectant Basin Tub & Tile Cleaner II
- Lysol Brand Disinfectant Trigger Spray
- Lysol Brand Disinfectant Basin, Tub, & Tile Cleaner Pre-Moistened Wipe
- Lysol Brand Disinfectant Multi-Purpose Cleaner
- Lysol Brand Disinfectant Pine Scent Basin Tub & Tile Cleaner
- Lysol Brand Deodorizing Disinfectant Cleaner
- Lysol Brand Disinfectant Bleach Plus
- Lysol Brand Hard Water Stain Cleaner
- Comet Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner
- Mr. Clean Multi-Surfaces Antibacterial
- Ultra Mr. Clean
- Windex Antibacterial Glass & Surface Cleaner
- Tough Act The Heavy Duty Bathroom Cleaner
- Fresh Scent Clorox
- Pine Sol Household Cleaner Disinfectant
- Pine-Sol Spray
- Ultra Clorox Brand Regular Bleach
- Ultra Clorox Brand Fresh Scent Bleach
- Ultra Clorox Brand 6.15% Bleach 30 Soluble Concentrate Clorox Company
- Clorox Disinfecting Spray III
- Ultra Clorox Bleach Formula