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With the H1N1 swine flu looming, students should be particularly mindful of their health.

With the H1N1 swine flu looming, students should be particularly mindful of their health.

The fear of losing state appropriations was not the only thing to worry about as classes began. A number of reports warned the much-hyped and much-feared H1N1, or swine flu, virus would return with a vengeance this season, and colleges and universities were largely at risk.

There has been plenty of reason to fear. Since the virus first appeared in Mexico in April, it has steadily developed into a pandemic. The Center for Disease Control reports 705 people tested positive for swine flu for the year as of Sept. 5.

Temple has been fortunate not to have any reported cases of H1N1, but other schools in the tri-state area have not been as lucky. The University of Delaware reported a number of cases in April and La Salle University announced 11 probable cases of the swine flu on Sept. 10.

But before you break out the face masks, it’s important to be armed with the facts. The Temple News takes a closer look at the issue in Quentin Williams’ page 1 news story.

If the swine flu hasn’t scared you into doing so, this should be a wake-up call to take better care of yourself. Student Health Services issued a statement assuring students, parents, faculty and the public that the university would be closely examining the situation. Temple is working with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to monitor flu conditions on campus, but we shouldn’t depend on the university to make sure we stay healthy this flu season.

Student Health Services recommends a few age-old practices: wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water frequently, be sure to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, get vaccinated for the seasonal flu until more information about the H1N1 vaccine is released and keep a thermometer, hand sanitizer, tissues and cold medicines handy.

Perhaps most importantly, if you experience flu-like symptoms, seek medical attention immediately, and stay out of classes until your symptoms have ceased for at least one full day. The university also recommends notifying the Office of the Dean of Students, which will be tracking flu cases.

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