Swine flu questions and answers for the UCLA community

UCLA Health article
Jo Ann Dawson, interim director at UCLA's Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center, answered questions about the swine flu outbreak that triggered the declaration of a U.S. public health emergency:
Q: What are the symptoms of the swine flu?
A: According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting.
Q: Have there been any cases of this flu at UCLA?
A. None have been reported.
Q: I got a flu shot last fall – will that protect me now? Should I get a flu shot if I haven’t had one already?
A: The swine flu is a different strain of influenza. There currently is no vaccine for it. However, you may still consider a flu shot for the seasonal flu.
Q: Are there effective treatments for this flu?
A: Yes. Please see CDC website for information: http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/swineflu_you.htm.
Q: How likely is it that I might contract this flu?
A: It is unlikely, but the situation is evolving and normal precautions should be taken.
Q: Should I be wearing a mask?
A: There are no recommendations at present for that.
Q: What should I do if I notice someone else with flu symptoms?
A: Stay away from them. Practice good respiratory hygiene. Encourage the person to go to bed and use symptomatic treatments.
Q: What should I do if I feel ill myself?
A: If you are a student, you should contact the Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center or (310) 825-4073. Walk-in advice and information is available during regular business hours. When the center is closed, information is available from Nurseline at (866) 704-9660. Faculty and staff should consult their physicians.
Q: What can I do to avoid the swine flu?
A: The CDC recommends that you:
· 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 hands cleaners are also effective.

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.

· Try to avoid close contact with sick people. Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.

· If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

Q: Where can I go for the latest information about this flu?
A: Here are some resources, all of which are updating frequently.
World Health Organization: www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/index.html.
Los Angeles County Health Department: http://www.lapublichealth.org/.
Q: Is UCLA going to be closed?
A: Based on the current information, there is no recommendation to do that.
Updated information from UCLA on the swine flu outbreak is available at http://www.newsroom.ucla.edu/swineflu.

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