On the Web

Learn more about H1N1 at

flu.gov , the federal government's one-stop flu-information website.

bouldercounty.org/health/H1N1home/home.htm , Boulder County Public Health department's H1N1 home page.

cdphe.state.co.us/epr/H1N1.html , where you can find statistics on H1N1 in Colorado, answers to frequently asked questions and help finding a flu clinic near you.

http://colorado.edu/healthcenter/ , which offers a tally of the total number of students with flu-like symptoms at CU, along with helpful tips on how to avoid spreading the flu.

What to do if you think you have the flu

Flu symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills and fatigue. Vomiting and diarrhea may occur with H1N1 flu, as well.

State health officials urge all people with mild flu-like symptoms to stay home. Children or adults with fever should not return to school, day care or work until 24 hours after the fever has gone away. People with severe illnesses, chronic conditions or who are pregnant should see a doctor.


To avoid spreading the flu, wash your hands frequently, cover your sneezes and coughs, and avoid going to the doctor or hospital unless your illness is severe. Call your doctor first for advice.

For help finding a flu-shot clinic near you, visit immunizecolorado.com.

Sources: flu.gov and cdphe.state.co.us/epr/h1n1.html

The swine flu outbreak at the University of Colorado appears to be tapering off, campus officials said Friday. The on-campus health clinic saw the fewest number of students with flu-like symptoms this week -- 46 compared to a peak of 150 last month -- since the beginning of school.

"Any influenza season does have its peak, and we are thinking that the H1N1 virus has peaked in this area," said Dr. Pam Talley, lead clinics physician at CU's Wardenburg Health Center.

"We are on the downside of numbers of new infections."

Officials said 532 students with flu-like symptoms have come to Wardenburg since Aug. 1. But not every student was tested for swine flu, known as H1N1 virus. State health officials randomly tested four cases earlier this month, and all four were confirmed to be H1N1.

At the start of the school year, Wardenburg was seeing 100 to 150 students with flu-like symptoms every week, officials said. Last week, it saw just 59. This week, the tally dropped to 46.

Talley attributed the decrease to a combination of factors: a likely decline in new cases and a push by campus health officials to communicate to students that not everyone who has the flu needs to be seen by a doctor. Officials recommend that only severely ill or high-risk patients, such as those who are pregnant or have chronic illnesses, be seen. Everyone else should self-isolate, they said.

CU still anticipates it will receive its first doses of an H1N1 vaccine in mid-October.