H1N1 Virus (Swine Flu)

This page represents the final state of the website used during the 2009-2010 H1N1 pandemic. This is archived information, provided for reference. Links and information in this section are not maintained.

Tufts H1N1 Flu AdvisoryTufts University officials are carefully monitoring the current pandemic of the novel H1N1 virus (swine flu) and taking steps to address the pandemic.

Current status: Activities on all three campuses are proceeding as planned.

Preventing the Flu

The most important steps we can all take to prevent the spread of the flu are personal. Fortunately, they are also simple. So, at the risk of repeating advice you have heard many times before:

  • Cover your nose and mouth by coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your sleeve rather than your bare hand.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds at a time, or use alcohol-based hand cleaners.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • To help prevent others from catching your illness do not go to work or class if you are sick.

Cleanliness is a key part of prevention. Our facilities are already cleaned with approved cleansers. We have worked with our cleaning contractor to increase the availability of hand cleaners and to ensure that our practices are as effective as possible.

H1N1 vaccine from the federal government is now available. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to be vaccinated.  More information on vaccination options at Tufts is available from Medford/Somerville Health Services, TUSM, and Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. You may also check with other health care providers, local public health agencies, and pharmacies.

Flu Symptoms

Is it the flu? Influenza symptoms include the following:

  • Fever of 100° F or greater
  • Cough or sore throat
  • Body aches
  • And occasionally abdominal pain and vomiting

People without fever do not need to be concerned. Sore throat, cold symptoms, and cough, without fever are not signs of H1N1 influenza.

Treatment and Care

H1N1 flu treatment is focused on the use of fever medicine, fluids and rest while people’s own immune system fights off the illness. Students who experience flu-like symptoms should not go to class. Students on the Medford/Somerville campus may come to Tufts Health Service to be evaluated. Students in Boston and Grafton should contact their doctor with concerns about flu symptoms.

Faculty and staff who are ill with flu should not come to work and should contact their primary care provider. Public health authorities recommend that anyone ill with such symptoms self-isolate until they have been fever free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication). Self-isolation essentially means going home and limiting contact with others.

To learn more about H1N1, see the list of Frequently Asked Questions.

About this Website

This website is the university’s official source for information about H1N1 planning and response. Information specific to a single school or campus will be provided on school websites.

Our current efforts draw on the work of a university-wide team that was launched by President Bacow in August 2006 to plan for possible pandemic flu. Administrators will continue to monitor the situation and assess the possible implications of a pandemic outbreak for our academic and research programs, residential community, clinical operations, and other university activities, paying special attention to the possible needs of our international population.

This situation may evolve rapidly, and additional information will be posted here as circumstances dictate.

Click to contact us online to email planning officials.