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A (H1N1) Flu Information

If you develop a flu like illness within seven days of returning from an area in which there are high levels of person to person transmission of Influenza A (H1N1), you should stay at home and phone your GP or Student Health Service for advice.  Do not attend in person.

How will I know if I have Influenza A (H1N1)?

You will have the same symptoms as if you had ordinary flu but they will probably be sudden, and may be severe.  They may include:

Temperature over 38° / 100.4°F and some of the following:

  • Dry Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Runny nose
  • Severe weakness and fatigue
  • Aching muscles and joints
  • Vomiting / diarrhoea
  • Extreme fatigue

These can lead to complications some of which may be severe.  Be aware that these can be sypmtoms of other illnesses.  Be especially aware of signs and symptoms of Meningitis.  See Meningitis and Septicaemia page on our website.

Treatment:

For most people treatment with paracetamol and plenty of fluids is sufficient.  Those in "At Risk" groups need to be medically assessed and be prescribed antivirals.

"At Risk" Groups are as follows:

  • Pregnant women who are more than 14 weeks pregnant or six weeks post delivery
  • People with chronic lung disease, e.g. Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis
  • People with chronic heart disease (does not include high blood pressure)
  • People with chronic kidney disease
  • People with chronic liver disease
  • People with chronic neurological disease, e.g. Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy
  • People who have immune deficiencies or on treatment  that affects the immune system, e.g. on cancer treatment.  People living with someone in this category should also be vaccinated
  • People with chronic blood disorders
  • People with Diabetes
  • People who are extremely overweight (BMI>40)

see HSE website for further details: www.hse.ie/eng/swineflu/

Vaccination

People in "At Risk" groups are advised to avail of Swine Flu Vaccine.

To access vaccination in Student Health you need to be:

  1. A UCD Student
  2. In an "At Risk" Group
  3. Have your PPS number or other personal identification number

You should call the Student Health Service on 01.7163133 to make an appointment for Swine Flu vaccine.  You will need to attend the Service to fill in a form and read the information leaflet PRIOR to attending for vaccination.

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Appointment Times

Opening Hours
Monday - Friday
9.30am - 12.30pm
2.00pm - 4.30pm

Nurse Walk in Service
Monday - Friday
9.30am -12.00pm
2.00pm - 4.00pm

Additional Clinics In Term:
By Appointment only

Monday & Thursday Ev. 5pm to 6.30 pm

Tuesday & Thursday early morning clinic at 8.30am.