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Pandemic Flu

NOVA is equipped to follow the guidelines provided by the Virginia Community College System, Virginia Department of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Center for Disease Control in the case of a major influenza outbreak.

There has been a rise in confirmed cases of H1N1 around the country and at other colleges. Although our reported incidents are lower, we are not immune to an H1N1 outbreak. Therefore the College encourages everyone to continue to take the appropriate steps as requested by the CDC to stay healthy.

Stay Informed

The CDC website will be updated regularly as information becomes available. Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.

Take 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 you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
  • Stay home if you get sick. The CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

Click here for an H1N1 overview, including details on who should receive the H1N1 vaccine, how to anticipate and respond to the flu and more.


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