16 posts categorized "H1N1 Virus"

11/19/2009

11/19/2009: H1N1 Vaccination Update

In two recent clinics, the University has provided 1,100 individuals in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) at-risk groups with the opportunity to receive the vaccine. The H1N1 program has marshaled the resources of numerous campus departments including trained faculty from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy who administered the shots. Student volunteers were also crucial to the success of the event through their promotional efforts to encourage their peers to receive the vaccine as well as their assistance on-site.

 

Further information regarding H1N1 vaccination clinic dates, times and locations will be distributed once additional vaccine supplies are released to the University. University representatives continue to work directly with the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health Division of Disease Control (PDPHDDC) in H1N1 preparedness and facilitating an H1N1 vaccination program for individuals who are considered at higher risk for influenza or influenza-related complications.

 

A separate, but equally important, seasonal flu program was recently completed, leading to 544 individuals (306 students and 238 faculty/staff) being vaccinated against seasonal influenza.

11/10/2009

11/10/2009: H1N1 Vaccination Availability November 13, 2009

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health Division of Disease Control (PDPHDDC) has provided a limited supply of the H1N1 vaccine to the University. Outlined below are the groups recommended by the Center for Disease Control to receive the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine.

·     College students through 24 years of age;

·     Pregnant women;

·     Parents and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age;

·     Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel;

·     Persons age 25 through 64 years who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza

If you meet the established criteria listed above, you can attend the H1N1 vaccination program scheduled for November 13, 2009, in the ARC Recreation Gym from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Due to the nature of the vaccination process we are asking that individuals be patient and be prepared for an extend wait in line.

 

The vaccine will be offered on a first come, first served basis to those individuals that meet the above criteria.

11/04/2009

11/4/2009: H1N1 Vaccination Update

The Philadelphia Department of Health Division of Disease Control has authorized prioritizing the vaccination of mothers and fathers of infants less than six months of age.  A limited supply of the H1N1 vaccinations will be available on Friday, November 6, 2009, in the ARC classroom from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for students, faculty and staff that meet the above criteria.

11/02/2009

11/2/2009: H1N1 Vaccination Date November 6, 2009

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health Division of Disease Control (PDPHDDC) has agreed to allocate a limited supply of the H1N1 vaccine to the University.

 

The vaccine will help facilitate the educational process of students who have direct contact with patients, who are on rotation, or who are scheduled to go on rotation to locations that may require an H1N1 vaccination. Additionally, the PDPHDDC is requesting that all pregnant women be included in the first round of vaccinations.

 

Students who meet the above criteria established by the PDPHDDC will be notified directly by a representative of their college/program.

 

If you have been notified that you meet the established criteria or are pregnant, you can attend the first H1N1 vaccination program scheduled for November 6, 2009, in the ARC classroom from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

We anticipate that additional vaccine will become available in the coming weeks for those individuals who fall into the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) defined priority groups. Once we receive the next round of vaccine, additional information and vaccination dates will provided to the University community.

 

For additional information visit:

 

www.emergency.usp.edu

10/27/2009

10/27/2009: H1N1 Vaccine Availability Update

University of the Sciences has requested vaccine from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health Division of Disease Control (PDPHDDC) for all members of the University who fit the Center for Disease Control criteria. To date, we have not received any of the Influenza (A) H1N1 vaccine. Due to manufacturing issues, the expected distribution has been limited around the country. It has arrived in very limited quantities for distribution in Philadelphia to some area hospitals, universities, and the Philadelphia School District.

 

We continue to work closely with the PDPHDDC so that we are prepared to deliver the vaccine once it becomes available. Please keep in mind that the H1N1 vaccine is NOT the same as the seasonal flu shot. If you are among the population recommended for the seasonal flu shot, you should consider getting one. Information about the seasonal flu vaccine can be found on the emergency information website. 

 

Additional information regarding H1N1 vaccination availability, dates, times, and location will be distributed once the vaccine is released to the University. Please visit the emergency information website for more information on PERSONAL STEPS TO TAKE to prevent the spread of influenza.

 

http://www.emergency.usp.edu/

10/22/2009

10/22/2009: Seasonal Flu Clinic Information

The University is coordinating with ACME Sav-on Pharmacy to sponsor the seasonal flu vaccine. The walk-in flu shot clinic will be located in the ARC classroom from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm on October 29, 2009 and November 12, 2009.

The vaccine is free to Faculty & Staff and is only $15 for students.

This clinic is for the seasonal flu vaccine only and not the H1N1 vaccine.

Download USP Seasonal Flu Clinic Flyer

10/12/2009

10/12/09: Campus H1N1 Update

While the University has seen a decrease in the number of reported incidents of flu-like illness over the last few weeks among our community, we continue to work directly with the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health Division of Disease Control (PDPHDDC) in H1N1 preparedness. University officials and clinicians are working closely with the PDPHDDC in facilitating an H1N1 vaccination program on our campus for individuals who are considered a higher risk for influenza or influenza-related complications.

 

Additional information regarding H1N1 vaccination availability, dates, times and location will be distributed once the vaccine is released to the University.

 

It is important to note that the H1N1 vaccination program is not the same as the seasonal flu program. Information regarding the season flu program will be released in a separate memo to the University.

 

To date, the University has taken numerous steps to keep our community as healthy as possible:

 

  • The University published and is following best practice guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and the PDPHDDC
  • Hand sanitizer stations have been placed in key high traffic areas around campus to support good health hygiene
  • In addition to H1N1 vaccinations, the University will be hosting a seasonal flu vaccination program for all students, faculty, and staff
  • University officials and clinicians continue to work closely with the PDPHDDC in regard to H1N1 vaccination planning

10/09/2009

10/9/09: Vital Operations H1N1/Flu-Like Illness Preparedness Guidelines

The information outlined below was developed to assist Colleges and Departments in creating and maintaining a plan for use during the H1N1/flu-like illness pandemic that may threaten the viability and business continuity of the University.

  • Colleges/Departments should encourage faculty and staff to discuss with their supervisor and colleagues ways to minimize class and office disruption because of absenteeism due to flu-like illness.
  • Colleges/Departments should identify individuals who can provide education assistance and those who are cross-trained so that vital functions can continue in someone’s absence.
  • Colleges should explore the possibility that there may be a need to extend the semester/academic year if it becomes necessary to make up time in the event that too many classes are canceled as a result of absenteeism from flu-like illness.

09/10/2009

9/10/09: Reported Incident of Flu Like-Illness

On September 10, 2009, the Student Health Services Office (SHAC) notified the University of the Sciences Pandemic Preparedness Team that a student was identified with a flu like-illness. At this time, it has not been confirmed to be a case of H1N1. SHAC and the Division of Student Affairs will provide assistance while the student recovers from their illness and continue to monitor for other cases.

For updated information on H1N1 and influenza, visit the Emergency Information Website at www.emergency.usp.edu

Take Precautions
To help prevent the spread of influenza, the CDC and the University advise everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause influenza:

  • Eat right and get plenty of rest and exercise
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze; preferably by coughing or sneezing into your sleeve or a single use disposable tissue
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Use alcohol-based hand cleaners
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth to prevent the spread of germs
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people
  • Those with flu-like illness (fever, cough, sneezing, chills, aches, sometimes diarrhea or vomiting) should stay away from classes/work and limit interactions with other people (called “self-isolation”), except to seek medical care, for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever, or signs of a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicines. Some people with influenza will not have fever; therefore, absence of fever does not mean absence of infection. They should stay away from others during this time period even if they are taking antiviral drugs for treatment of the flu
  • Consider getting a flu shot and the H1N1 vaccination when it becomes available

What to Do If You Experience Influenza-like Illness

  • STAY HOME or in your residence hall and limit interactions with other people (called “self-isolation”), except to seek medical care, for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever, or signs of a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicines. It is possible that people with influenza will not have fever; therefore, absence of fever does not mean absence of infection.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you are at a high risk of severe illness from the flu due to chronic health conditions or an otherwise compromised immune response system, or if you experience difficulty breathing
  • Call or go to your primary health care provider or the Student Health Services Office (SHAC) at 215-596-8980 and let them know that you are experiencing an influenza-like illness (fever, cough, sneezing, chills, aches, sometimes diarrhea or vomiting)
  • Follow the information outlined in the Student and Faculty/Staff Guidance Sheets

For additional information, visit the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov, or the University’s Emergency Information Website at emergency.usp.edu

09/01/2009

9/1/09: Student H1N1 Flu Guidance Information

Introduction

The information outlined below is based on the interim Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education in response to the H1N1 Flu.

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