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New wave of H1N1 predicted to hit
Kelli Walters
Antelope Staff

The dreaded H1N1 epidemic may be back in action around the end of February or beginning of March. While there is no way to determine if this second round will have harsher effects or different effects, campus health will be there to help prevent or cope with this difficult illness.

The main symptom to distinguish H1N1 from the seasonal flu is the extremely high temperature that accompanies H1N1. There are many other combinations such as body aches, sore throat and cough that can come with H1N1.  

“It has been explained by students to be the worst they have ever felt,” said associate director of health care, Cindy Shultz RN, MSN, FNP-C. She said in one case she remembers a girl telling her even the shower hitting her skin hurt.

Students can be out with this flu for three to five days,  something college students find particularly difficult.

To combat the illness students, faculty and families of the faculty can still take advantage of two forms of the free vaccine. One is the nasal mist which is commonly given to people who are healthy and under 50 years of age.  

Another option, the injectable can be given for people that cannot or do not want to have the nasal mist.  

With either vaccine, the clinic asks the patient to stay for 20 minutes after— to make sure they do not have any reactions.  

“I really want to stress to students to come get their vaccine. It is free and well worth their 20 minutes,” Shultz said.  

Starting in the fall of 2010, the vaccine for the seasonal flu and H1N1 flu will be combined into one vaccine.

Reporter Justine Agaloos

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