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UNI prepares for active flu season

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - The H1N1 flu virus is spreading in different parts of the country, including college campuses in the Midwest. No cases have been confirmed at the University of Northern Iowa, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) anticipate an active influenza season.

In anticipation of potential increases in flu-like illnesses, UNI has initiated several preventative measures in response to the latest recommendations by the CDC.

- Letters have been distributed to students, parents, faculty and staff with an emphasis on flu prevention tips and recommendations of how to cope if they become ill with the flu.

- All UNI students have been encouraged to get a vaccination for the seasonal flu. This is not a vaccination for the H1N1 flu, but having it will help the overall population at UNI remain healthier. Free seasonal flu shots will be provided to students later this semester. Details of times, dates and locations will be communicated to all students.

- Free flu kits that include a digital thermometer, generic Dayquil, generic Claritin, lip balm, hand sanitizer, tissues and masks will be made available for all students who experience flu symptoms. They will be distributed by the Department of Residence for students living in residence halls and be available at the Student Health Clinic for students living off-campus.

- For students living in residence halls, free pre-packaged meals will also be provided. These will be comprised of liquids and foods recommended by the Student Health Clinic as appropriate for persons with flu symptoms.

Online Producer: Jason Mortvedt

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