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H1N1 FAQs

The following frequently asked questions (FAQs) address concerns about the H1N1 virus, both in the U.S. and abroad. Contact IFSA-Butler if you have additional questions or concerns.

What are your offices doing to help students in case they contract the virus after they arrive abroad?
Will vaccinations for H1N1 available be available in my host country?
Am I more at risk for H1N1 abroad than I am in the U.S.?
Will you close programs because of H1N1?
Are any of your program countries forcing arriving American students into quarantine because of H1N1?
What if I catch H1N1 just before departure and I have to stay home?
If I have to leave the program early because of H1N1, will I receive a refund on fees or travel costs?
If I have to leave the program early because of H1N1, will I still get credit?
What can I do to avoid catching H1N1 when I'm abroad?
What do I do if I'm abroad and I get symptoms of H1N1?

What if my roommate or someone in my host family catches H1N1?
Where can I ask more questions about H1N1 and my program?


What are your offices doing to help students in case they contract the virus after they arrive abroad?
1. Our U.S. office has ensured that the student health coverage (included in the program fee) will cover the cost of medical treatment for any student who contracts H1N1.

2. Our U.S. office has secured Trip Interruption Insurance for students. See below for details.

3. For students who have already arrived abroad, our resident offices in each country are closely monitoring the H1N1 situation in their countries and keeping students updated on the latest precautions.

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Will vaccinations for H1N1 available be available in my host country?
IFSA-Butler's resident offices are informing our students of how and where to obtain the vaccination (e.g., public health offices, university medical clinics, physician offices, etc.) abroad.

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Am I more at risk for H1N1 abroad than I am in the U.S.?
The United States has by far the largest number of H1N1 cases in the world. Though we recommend following general sanitary precautions, we do not believe that our students are more at risk for H1N1 abroad than they are at home. In addition, please remember that while H1N1 has been affecting more young and healthy patients than influenza strains in recent years, H1N1 continues to be most severe and dangerous in small children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems.

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Will you close programs because of H1N1?
At this point IFSA-Butler does not anticipate closing any of its programs due to this virus, nor have we had to close any so far, including our program in the Yucatán, Mexico. However, we will rely heavily on Centers for Disease Control data and facts from other reliable sources to determine whether the incidences and severity of H1N1 warrant in a particular country returning our students to the U.S.

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Are any of your program countries forcing arriving American students into quarantine because of H1N1?
None of our program countries is enforcing quarantine upon arriving Americans. However, because of the lengthy flight to Australia and New Zealand, our resident staff in those countries created "quarantine quarters" at our orientation sites in case any newly arrived students showed H1N1 symptoms. The "quarantine quarters" were rooms that would have allowed students or staff to separate from others and recuperate throughout the four days of orientation with comfortable beds, appropriate liquids and food for flu patients, and medicine for treating symptoms. Happily, neither country had to use the quarantine facilities!

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What if I catch H1N1 just before departure and I have to stay home?
Please, stay home and get better! IFSA-Butler has the following provisions for students who are not able to travel because of illness:

1. If you booked a seat on the group flight, Advantage Travel will help you book new flights to your host country once you are well and able to travel.

2. IFSA-Butler's resident staff in your host country will conduct an abbreviated, makeup orientation to get you up to speed on all the academic, housing and cultural information you'll need for your semester or year abroad.

3. IFSA-Butler will work with your host university to arrange makeup university orientation, class registration, etc.

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If I have to leave the program early because of H1N1, will I receive a refund on fees or travel costs?

A refund of IFSA-Butler program fees depends on a number of factors, including how far into the semester you return home and how much money your host university is refunding to IFSA-Butler. IFSA-Butler generally pays tuition and housing fees in advance, so we are able to refund only the amount that the host university refunds to us.

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If I have to leave the program early because of H1N1, will I still get credit?
As with fees, the amount of full or partial credit depends on when you returned home and how much work you accomplished in the semester. IFSA-Butler may be able to negotiate at least partial credit for a student who must depart early because of a serious medical condition like H1N1.

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    What can I do to avoid catching H1N1 when I'm abroad?
    Carefully read all updates and heed all preventative measures from IFSA-Butler's resident staff. General precautions against H1N1 include:

    1. Wash your hands with soap and hot water frequently, especially before eating and after using the toilet.

    2. Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Use your shirt sleeve or elbow if no tissue is available.

    3. Regularly disinfect high-touch surfaces in your living area: doorknobs, desks, tables, keyboards, etc.

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    What do I do if I'm abroad and I get symptoms of H1N1?
    1. Isolate yourself in your housing as quickly as possible to avoid spreading the virus.

    2. Inform roommates or host family members as quickly as possible.

    3. Contact IFSA-Butler's office in your host country. They can help you locate a university health center or nearby medical clinic and can also contact health officials on your behalf.

    4. Our resident office will liaise with our U.S. staff to ensure that any H1N1 medical treatment is covered by the student insurance (included in your program fee).

    5. Most likely your host university will have its own recommendations or even regulations intended to contain the virus. Please be responsible and courteous by following these rules. Some Australian students infected with H1N1 have been formally punished by their universities for leaving their dorm rooms or apartments while still contagious.

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    What if my roommate or someone in my host family catches H1N1?
    Contact IFSA-Butler's resident office immediately! For students living with host families (Latin America and Egypt only), IFSA-Butler will arrange a temporary transfer to another host family or housing in a hotel until the family member is well. For students living in dormitories or apartments (English-speaking countries and Egypt only), IFSA-Butler will arrange different university or IFSA-Butler housing until it is safe to return.

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    Where can I ask more questions about H1N1 and my program?
    Contact your IFSA-Butler program advisor. You can e-mail your advisor or call our U.S. office Monday through Friday at 800-858-0229.

     
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