Federal officials said Thursday that colleges should consider suspending classes this fall if the H1N1 flu virus begins to cause severe illness in a significantly larger share of students than last spring.
A guidance document released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stresses "self-isolation" of sick students and employees until a full day after fever subsides. Officials urged schools to suspend any rules -- such as penalties for late papers or missed classes, or a required doctor's note -- that might prompt ill individuals to venture out.
"We're hoping we're on track to be out ahead of this virus," said Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of health and human services, in an afternoon conference call with reporters.
Officials said a flu vaccine should be available by mid-October.