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4 posts from October 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.




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


10/12/09: 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


10/9/09: 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‚Äôs 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.