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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