Fast facts on dealing with swine flu on campus

  • Mexican flu/swine flu/ novel A/H1N1 is similar to the seasonal flu, influenza A A/H3N2 experienced during this year’s Western Cape winter. Both are Influenza A viruses, but different strains, causing the same symptoms.
  • Treatment of Mexican flu is exactly the same as for seasonal flu: consult a doctor; stay in bed; control fever through medication; rest and take in plenty of fluids.
  • There is no specific advantage to confirmation of the H1N1 virus (novel) in patients as that will not affect/change the treatment. Therefore Campus Health Services do not test for Mexican flu.
  • As with any illness, consultations are for the patient’s own account.
  • Only in severe cases where the functioning of a patient’s immune system is questioned, additional medication may be prescribed, at the medical practitioner’s discretion.
  • Campus Health Services remains in regular contact with the National Institute of Communicable Diseases to ensure that the University remains informed on the latest developments.
  • The spreading of the virus can be curbed by washing your hands regularly; not touching your face, and by sneezing into a tissue or the crook of your arm.