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HCC H1N1 Flu Information Site

Welcome to Howard Community College’s information and resource site for the H1N1 virus, sometimes called “swine flu.” Please use this site for information on prevention of the flu and what to do if you do get sick.

HCC Flu Information Updates
11/13/09:  Visit the Howard County Health Department Web site for information on upcoming H1N1 flu shot clinics in the county.

If You Get Sick

Students, faculty or staff who have influenza like illness (ILI) should self-isolate (i.e., stay away from others) in their home for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities (their fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine). They should keep away from others as much as possible. This is to keep from making others sick. 

Information is available for both students and faculty/staff that have academic concerns about extended flu absences. 


  • Get your seasonal flu shot early this fall and get your H1N1 shot when it is available.  See the schedule.
  • If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from getting sick. People with the flu should stay away from others for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-lowering medicine.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze. Make sure to put used tissues in the trash after one use.
  • Wash your hands often with warm water and soap. Alcohol-based hand cleaners like Purell also work.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose. Germs spread this way.
  • Get plenty of sleep, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.