Purdue University is carefully monitoring news concerning the H1N1 influenza virus. Unlike seasonal flu, H1N1 is a novel virus, and we have little or no immunity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predict as many as 40 percent of us could become ill with this new virus over the next two years. And while H1N1 has not been an especially lethal virus so far, the CDC says it has the potential to become so. It's also thought that the college-age population will be more at risk than those 25 or older.
This Web site offers information about vaccinations and resources to help if you or someone you know becomes ill. The most important steps are to practice good hygiene and to stay home and isolate yourself if you are ill for at least 24 hours after your temperature returns to normal without the aid of medicine.