CDC says Swine Flu is spreading quickly across college campuses - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/8/09

CDC says Swine Flu is spreading quickly across college campuses

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By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The CDC says the Swine Flu is already spreading quickly through classrooms, particularly at the college level and the vaccination for this virus will not be available for another month.  At Emory University, a vacant dorm is being used to house infected students and more than 2,000 students may have been infected with the Swine Flu at Washington State University. The CDC is highly encouraging college students to have exceptional hygiene more than ever before.

"Frequent washing of hands, avoiding shaking hands with people who are sick, covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough," said Mark Rosati, with the University of Illinois-Chicago about Swine Flu prevention.

Seeking medical treatment is also important, but the CDC is putting out new guidelines for the use of antiviral medications, like Tamiflu and now even limiting them to only people that are at high risk. High risks groups include pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions, children under five, or any young person who depends on Aspirin, since Aspirin can lead to complications when taken during the flu.

"Most children, adolescence and adults with influenza do not need an antiviral medicine, it's just those people with risk conditions where the influenza illness might get worse," said Anne Schuchat, M.D., with the CDC.

The CDC says you could do more harm than good to yourself by grabbing anti-virals as preventive medicine at the first sign of a sneeze or any other flu-like symptom.  Doing so could lead to building up a resistance so that the medicine doesn't work for you, and you could be out of luck when you really need the anti-virals.

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