Iowa State University officials continually monitor the spread of contagious illnesses such as the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu. The university encourages community members to take basic precautions to protect themselves against such illnesses. University administrators, including members of ISU's Pandemic Flu Task Force, watch for developments across the country and around the world and are prepared to respond, should additional steps be necessary.
The university will keep students, faculty, staff, and parents updated on H1N1 developments via the Iowa State homepage.
Protect Yourself from the Flu
The Centers for Disease Control recommends people take these 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 coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread that way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people, and if you are sick, stay home.
Iowa Department of Public Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
H1N1 (Swine Flu) FAQ from CDC
World Health Organization
Pandemic Flu Preparedness Plan (PDF)
University Pandemic Flu Plan Task Force (PDF)
Pandemic Flu Presentation to President's Council (PDF)