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Swine Flu 101: College Survival Tips

Swine Flu Is Hitting Colleges; Find Out How to Deal With It

By Miranda Hitti
WebMD Feature

Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Swine flu, or H1N1 flu, is back on campus and already making students sick. What if it strikes you, your roommate, or someone in your class?

Before you brush it off as hype, keep in mind that young adults, even healthy ones, are one of the high-risk groups for a bad case of swine flu. Although most cases haven't been severe, there have been deaths, affecting young adults more than you might expect.

Here are 12 tips for dealing with swine flu on campus.

1. Sick? Just stay home. From classes. From games. From the parties that, if your parents asked about, you definitely weren't at. From everything, except going to get medical care. If you've got flu-like symptoms -- fever or chills AND cough or sore throat, and maybe also runny nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, diarrhea, or vomiting -- consider yourself grounded until you've been free of fever, or signs of fever, for at least 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medicines.