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H1N1 Flu Resources

This page will be your guide to H1N1 resources, beginning with what to do if you experience flu symptoms. Health Services has also prepared a fact sheet for the upcoming flu season.

UPDATED JUNE 2, 2010 The CDC reports that flu season is over and updates will likely not resume until the fall.

UPDATED MARCH 22, 2010

H1N1 vaccine available until March 31, 2010. Please call 610- 896-1089 for appointment.

UPDATED JANUARY 15, 2010

Final Injectable Vaccine Clinics for Students, Staff and Family:

Free H1N1 injectable vaccines will be available at Health Services on the following dates. The vaccine is available to all students, staff, and family (ages 5 to adulthood).

  • January 20 from 9 a.m. to noon
  • January 21 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • January 25 from 9 a.m. to noon
  • January 27 from 9 a.m. to noon
  • January 28 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • February 1 from 9 a.m. to noon
  • February 3 from 9 a.m. to noon
  • February 4 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Please call Health Services at 610-896-1089 with any questions.

The CDC reminds us that although the spread of H1N1 has been decreasing the flu season typically lasts through May, and that past pandemics have occurred in waves. In other words, it's possible there will be another increase in H1N1 in the coming months, so it's still worth getting the vaccine.

UPDATED DECEMBER 11, 2009

There's still time to get the H1N1 injectable, inactivated vaccine before winter break! The last clinics will be December 14 from 10 a.m. to noon, December 16 from 9 a.m. to noon and December 17 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The CDC offers resources to help travelers avoid the flu.

UPDATED DECEMBER 7, 2009

This is an invitation to participate in the H1N1 injectable, inactivated vaccine program at Health Services. Health Services will have two clinics this week of injectable influenza A H1N1 2009 Monovalent Vaccine: Wednesday, December 9, 9 a.m. to 12 noon Thursday, December 10, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. This vaccine is indicated for ages 4 year of age to adulthood.  Children 4 years old to 9 years old will need two doses one month apart. If older than 10 years old only one dose is needed. The vaccine contains Thimersol, a mercury derivative added as a preservative. This vaccine should not be given to any known person allergic to eggs.

The 2009 H1N1 injectable, inactivated formulation vaccine is being dispensed free of charge. Please view the CDC's Questions & Answers on the H1N1 nasal mist vaccine. The CDC also offers H1N1 info for Diabetics and Asthmatics. Please print out, read and sign the consent form prior to your arrival at Health Services. Also, please print and fill out the top section of the vaccine record form.

UPDATED NOVEMBER 30, 2009

H1N1 nasal mist vaccine will be available at Health Services on Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. while supplies last.  The nasal mist vaccine is being dispensed free of charge. You should not receive the nasal mist vaccine if you are pregnant or have asthma. Please view the CDC's Questions & Answers on the H1N1 nasal mist vaccine. Please print out, read, and sign the consent form prior to your arrival at Health Services. Also, please print and fill out the top section of the vaccine record form.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health says we can expect that our full supply of  vaccines (including injectable) should arrive shortly, at which time we’ll follow up with plans for distribution.

UPDATED NOVEMBER 2, 2009

Haverford College President Stephen G. Emerson '74 has a flu update for the community.

UPDATED OCTOBER 30, 2009

Given the shortage of H1N1 vaccine, the PA Department of Health now estimates that our shipment of H1N1 vaccine will arrive on campus in late November/early December.

Haverford College Health Services reports that it is treating approximately 30 students for Influenza A (which the Department of Health is instructing providers to treat as H1N1).  This represents an increase of 9 students today and is consistent with expected rates of infection.

Students who are not feeling well (cough, fever, headache, sore throat) may make an appointment by calling 610-896-1089 or sending an email to Catherine Sharbaugh, csharbau@haverford.edu.  Find out more about what to do if you become ill at http://www.haverford.edu/news/stories/29601/151.

If you are diagnosed with flu, Catherine Sharbaugh, Director of Health Services, would like to underscore the importance of remaining in your room while recuperating.  No classes, no social activities, no sports – and please check in with Health Services daily (x1089) to update them on your condition.

Most students who have become ill are feeling much better in 2-3 days with full recovery in a week.  However, if you feel you are getting worse, contact Health Services immediately.  There is an on-call nurse for evenings, nights and weekends, and you can reach the nurse by calling Security at 610-896-1111.  Bryn Mawr Hospital is just a mile away in the event that emergency care is needed.

UPDATED OCTOBER 29, 2009

Several students have tested positive for Influenza A, which the public health department and our local hospital (Bryn Mawr Hospital) are treating as H1N1. We await confirmation via swab tests.

  • They and other students reporting flu-like symptoms (currently totaling ~20) are being treated by Health Services with Advil/Tylenol and Tamiflu as appropriate.
  • All are being encouraged to drink lots of fluids and have been instructed to stay in their room -- no classes, sports, or social activities -- until they are fever-free for 24 hours.
  • Health Services is giving such students “Go Packs” of prepackaged food, and Dining Services will be following up on a daily basis by delivering additional food to those students’ rooms.
  • Those students who are dorm-bound may opt instead to have a buddy pick up regular Dining Center fare; students should email John Francone (jfrancon@haverford.edu) in order to make such an arrangement (and avoid duplicate delivery of food).
  • Those who’ll be receiving the delivered food and have dietary preferences should likewise email John (jfrancon@haverford.edu) to ensure that they get appropriate meals.
  • Dining services will be cleaning high contact areas in the Dining Center more often during meals, i.e. wiping tables, counters, doors and handles. We are also installing more hand sanitizing stations in the area directly prior to where students get eating utensils and changing out our serving utensils in all self serve areas every 30 minutes.
  • Students who have taken ill are reminded to contact their Dean in order to make arrangements regarding their academic program.

UPDATED OCTOBER 16, 2009

Prior to the fall break, a handful of Bryn Mawr students had been treated by the Bryn Mawr College Student Health Center for mild flu-like symptoms. One student who lives off campus tested positive for H1N1 influenza. There has been no evidence of widespread transmission of seasonal or H1N1 influenza on the Bryn Mawr campus.

UPDATED OCTOBER 8, 2009

The College awaits word from public health authorities about when we’ll receive the vaccine, in what quantity, as well as details of the vaccine itself. Such specifics will drive our distribution plan (who? when? how?). Once we know, we’ll post the information here.

Students going home for Fall Break might want to get a seasonal flu shot. The American Lung Association has a search to find a flu clinic by zip code.

UPDATED SEPTEMBER 15, 2009:

A new Q&A on H1N1 Influenza A Vaccine Safety is now available.

UPDATED SEPTEMBER 10, 2009:

In preparation for any mass vaccination effort, Haverford College Health Services will register with the local public health department as a distribution site for vaccinating the campus community members.

The Health Services will follow the CDC guidelines and vaccinate the specific eligible groups once the H1N1 vaccine is available from the public health department (target date of late October/early November).

At this time, the CDC has identified the following Priority groups for H1N1 vaccine:

  • Pregnant women
  • Household contacts and caregivers of infants Under 6 months of age
  • Healthcare and emergency medical services (EMS) workers
  • Children, adolescents, and young adults aged 6 months through 24 years
  • People between 25 and 64 years who have Chronic medical conditions

If limited amounts of vaccine are available, a subset of the priority groups will be vaccinated first:

  • Pregnant women
  • Household contacts and caregivers of babies Under 6 months of age
  • Healthcare and EMS workers who have direct Contact with patients or infectious substances
  • Children aged 6 months through 4 years
  • Children and adolescents from 5 through 24 years who have risk factors for flu.

Stay Healthy During Flu Season - Get your seasonal flu vaccine and Prepare a Cold and Flu Kit Bring a self care kit to campus that includes:

  • a thermometer
  • acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil)
  • cough syrup
  • bottled water, sports drinks and soups
  • alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • boxes of tissues

The Health Center has a Cold and Flu Center available to students during regular clinic hours , Free to All Students. Security Office is open 24 hours X 7days a week and has a mini cold/flu box available Free to All Students. All student dorm reps have mini cold/flu boxes available in each dorm. Contact your dorm rep for more information.

UPDATED MONDAY, AUGUST 10: The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices released information on preparations for the Novel H1N1 Flu Vaccine. Learn more>

UPDATED MONDAY, JUNE 15: The World Health Organization (WHO) raised the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 6 in response to the ongoing global spread of the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus. A Phase 6 designation indicates that a global pandemic is underway. Learn more>

UPDATED MONDAY, MAY 4: Pennsylvania officials have confirmed that a 31-year-old man entered the country April 29 on a work visa from Mexico and was sick when he arrived at an undisclosed location in Montgomery County, PA (the College straddles Montgomery and Delaware counties).  His work sponsor immediately got him medical treatment and he has recovered.

So far only one in seven cases sent to the CDC from Pennsylvania has been confirmed.

We continue to have NO suspected cases of swine flu on campus and no immediate action is being taken beyond today’s placement of hand sanitizer in all bathrooms as we continue to urge community members to follow the precautions listed below and to avoid large crowds when possible seems indicated.  Haverford has a detailed Emergency Preparedness Plan in place for pandemic flu which of course would be implemented quickly as appropriate in the event of widespread infection.   The College’s Emergency Management Team, composed of key members of the administration including those in Health Services, Safety & Security and Communications, met last Thursday to consider issues which may confront the campus if there is a spread of swine influenza, and formulate contingency plans.

CDC has updated travel recommendations with regard to travel to Mexico Learn more about travel recommendations from the CDC.

The link to the CDC website appears at the end of this message. Since this situation is rapidly evolving, we will provide updates to the Haverford community when significant new information is available.

Since many members of the community may be planning  to travel to Mexico for summer study, CPGC internships,. etc., we urge you to keep closely informed about the situation there.  We will revisit the issues involved with College-sponsored travel to Mexico within about two weeks as departure times for summer programs grow nearer.

The CDC has stated that the seasonal influenza vaccine which many of us received is not expected to offer protection against swine flu viruses but recommends that any travelers be up-to-date with all vaccinations, including seasonal flu vaccination.

The recommended treatment for swine flu is antiviral prescription medication, such as Tamiflu. Haverford's Health Services keeps and updates a supply of this medication. It will be available *only* for individuals with confirmed cases of swine influenza.

Symptoms of swine influenza include fever (often 100 degrees or more), sore throat, chills, head and body aches, fatigue, loss of appetite, cough, and  sneezing.  Since some of these symptoms can also result from other kinds of  respiratory infections or the allergic reactions so prevalent in this area at this time of year, we urge you to visit Health Services if any of these symptoms are present.

Swine flu is spread by respiratory secretions (cough and sneezing while in close contact with others). Persons with swine flu are contagious for up to seven days or longer after the onset of illness, so we ask everyone to take the following precautions against contacting or spreading infection:

WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN: This simple behavior can drastically reduce the chances of getting or spreading a disease.

COVER YOUR COUGH: If you have a cough or cold, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing with a tissue and dispose of the tissue immediately.

DON'T SHARE drinks, eating utensils or toothbrushes if you are sick.

DON'T GO to class or other crowded places if you are sick If you must miss class for health reasons, let your instructors and deans know and

DO GO to Health Services.

DO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF: exercise boosts the immune system as does proper sleep and avoidance of cigarettes, alcohol and other substances which weaken immunity.

www.cdc.gov/swineflu

What You Can Do to Stay Healthy

There are everyday actions people can take to stay healthy.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

  • Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
  • If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

For more information on local/PA Public Health regarding Swine Influenza A/H1N1, contact the Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH or visit www.health.state.pa.us.

"Managing Your Anxiety About Swine Flu" - The American Psychological Association (APA) is providing information on H1N1 virus and how to deal with the stress and anxiety related to the virus.

Health Alert from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health Division of Disease Control (pdf)

Stop the spread of germs that make you and others sick (pdf)

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