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H1N1 & Haverford: What You Need To Know

If you have not already done so, please visit a local pharmacy and put together a personal cold & flu care kit:

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

FYI, there’s a CVS pharmacy some 200 yards from the Duck Pond entrance, so supplies are easy to get. If you are taking any medicine for a chronic condition or disease, please let Health Services know so they can take that into account when strategizing the administration of H1N1 vaccine, should one be distributed.

If you experience flu-like symptoms:

  • To minimize the risk of exposing others to possible infection, please do not come to Health Services without an appointment; schedule one by calling x1089 or emailing csharbau@haverford.edu.
  • After your examination, and if warranted, you may be asked to take an H1N1 test.  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.
  • Results will be available in 24-48 hours; in the meantime, minimize contact with others and treat symptoms using your cold & flu kit.
  • If you test positive, you will be advised to recuperate in your dorm room.  This means not going to classes and avoiding athletic and social activities until you are fever-free for 24 hours.
  • Those students who have been instructed by Health Services to remain dorm-bound may opt to receive daily ‘meals on wheels’ delivery from the Dining Center, or have a buddy pick up regular Dining Center fare. If you have been instructed to stay in your room, please email John Francone (jfrancon@haverford.edu) in order to make arrangements (and avoid duplicate delivery of food).
  • Students must notify their Dean so that arrangements can be made to accommodate their academic program.
  • We’ll want to reach out to those with whom you’ve had recent contact so that they may take steps to minimize the risk of possibly infecting others.
  • The flu lasts 1-2 weeks.  Some patients may wish to recuperate at home, if family lives nearby. Antivirals may be prescribed to help shorten the course of illness.
  • If you are unsure or need a question answered you are always welcome to email or phone during regular clinic hours (we have a nurse on-call for after hours emergencies).

Vaccine information:

  • If and when an H1N1 vaccine becomes available (currently estimated to be late November), the College will follow CDC guidelines regarding who should be vaccinated.
  • Seasonal flu shots will be available from Health Services in October at a cost of $20.
  • If medically necessary, Health Services will dispense Tamiflu (which may help shorten the course of the illness but it is not a cure).

 

The Strawbridge Observatory at Haverford College houses 12-inch and 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes which are actively used by students in Haverford astronomy classes.

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