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The University of Minnesota, Crookston is committed to the safety and security of its students, faculty and staff. This Web site will help you understand how you will be notified and what to do during an emergency. It is important to think about your response before an emergency occurs, so please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with this site.

In the event of an emergency, dial 9-911 from any campus phone.

University of Minnesota H1N1 Flu Information

2009 H1N1 Flu Information and Resources

UMC's Pandemic Influezna Response
and H1N1 FAQs for Students
revised 10-20-2009

Influenza-like illness has been reported on the University's campuses—a small number, mainly among students—including a handful of cases on the Crookston campus.  The situation is being monitored, and information about prevention measures, symptoms, and what to do if you become ill is located on the U of M's H1N1 Web site.

It is important to note that those suffering from influenza-like illnesses are not tested for H1N1 unless there is hospitalization or under other extraordinary circumstances.  The best preventative measures are still regular hand washing or use of hand sanitizers, covering coughs or coughing into your elbow, and self-isolation if you believe you have symptoms.
University of Minnesota, Crookston students, faculty, and staff who think they may have flu-like symptoms are encouraged to contact UMC Student Health at 218-281-8512 to discuss their symptoms and consult with a trained staff person on what the next steps should be. 
While most people who become infected with H1N1 will not experience life-threatening symptoms, it is important to know when to seek medical care during this unusual flu season.   

When to Seek Immediate Medical Attention

Although the majority of people with influenza usually recover at home with rest and treatment of symptoms, a few individuals may develop more serious illness and require immediate medical attention.

Call your health care provider or 911 immediately if you are ill with flu and develop any of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion or change in level of consciousness
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Severe sore throat, accompanied by swollen glands in your neck
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then reoccur with fever and worse     cough
  • Fever over 104 degrees that cannot be brought down
  • Fever of 101 degrees lasting for more than three days

People at Greater Risk for Complications

Certain people have greater risk of serious flu-related complications. They should consult their health care providers now to develop a plan for prevention and treatment should they develop symptoms. In lieu of such a plan, they should consult their health care providers immediately with the onset of flu-like symptoms. Those at greater risk include the following:

  • Pregnant women
  • People of any age with chronic medical conditions, including:
  • asthma
  • diabetes
  • blood disorders
  • weakened immune system
  • heart, lung, liver, or kidney disease
  • cancer
  • neurological disorders
  • neuromuscular disorders
  • adults 65 years and older
  • children younger than five years of age

H1N1 Links

University of Minnesota H1N1 Official Web site

University of Minnesota, Crookston Student Health

U of M Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP)
CIDRAP is a global leader in addressing public health preparedness and emerging infectious disease response.

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)


Additional Resources

Homeland Security

The Homeland Security Advisory System provides a comprehensive and effective means to disseminate information regarding the risk of terrorist acts to federal, state, and local authorities and to the American people.

Homeland Security Threat Level.

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