Will PSU be providing the Seasonal flu vaccine to students, faculty and staff this year?

Yes, although in a slightly different manner than in the past.  There will be separate flu clinics for students and faculty/staff.  We hope to have dates finalized and posted shortly.  Monitor the PSU Web site, PSU FYI e-mails, and myPlymouth announcements for updates and schedules.

Will PSU be providing the H1N1 flu vaccine to students, faculty and staff?

The University plans to provide the vaccine, as long as it is available.  The University has submitted an application to the state for the vaccine, but plans are dependent upon the protocol set by state and federal health officials. Initial releases will be targeted to individuals with specific risk factors. The vaccines will likely be released to health care providers in the beginning. For that reason, it is best to look to your own health care provider if you have any of the identified or suspected risk factors, including but not limited to pregnancy and chronic medical conditions like asthma.

Students with identified or suspected risk factors for the H1N1 flu are encouraged to notify University Health Services via the health questionnaire (PDF). Faculty and staff should communicate any risk factors to their personal health care provider.

It may still be a while before the H1N1 vaccine is released in quantities large enough to allow for large clinics to vaccinate healthy populations. The University continues to be involved in local and state planning efforts. So when the vaccine is made available, the University will be ready. In the mean time continue to monitor the PSU Web site, PSU FYI e-mails, and myPlymouth announcements for updates and schedules.

How can I protect myself against the flu?

Continue to do all you can to stay health by following the NH DHHS C.O.U.G.H. protocol.

  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze – use your sleeve
  • Only use your own glass and utensils – don’t share
  • Use soap and warm water to wash hands often
  • Get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat a healthy diet
  • Home is where you belong when you’re sick, not at work or school

What are the symptoms of the H1N1 flu?

Per the New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Service’s web site, the symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and may include:

  • Fever (greater than 100°F)
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Stuffy nose
  • Chills
  • Headache and body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Some of the people who have become ill with H1N1 reported diarrhea and vomiting as well.

If I have the flu, how long will I have to stay away from work or classes?

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that you stay home for a minimum of 24 hours after your fever has subsided without the use of fever reducing medications.

If the campus is shut down because of the H1N1 virus, will I still get paid?

Benefited employees who have sick and/or vacation time accrued may be paid for time away from work.

Use of sick time versus vacation time depends on the situation – contact PSU Human Resources for answers to specific questions.

All faculty members should make every effort to continue their classes by having someone cover during their absence or by using electronic means to continue the class.

Adjunct Faculty will continue to be paid unless the absence is prolonged to a point that another faculty member must be hired to complete the course.

My doctor told me to stay home and rest while I recuperate from what he believes is the flu. He did not see me, so I don’t know if I can get a note for being away from work (or classes.) Will I be punished for not meeting the requirements of the attendance policy?

Absenteeism procedures may be modified so students, faculty members, and staff who are ill do not return to campus earlier than they should. Rules to require doctor’s notes to excuse absences from class or work may be suspended during a pandemic for certain cases.

My co-worker is exhibiting signs of the flu. Can they be forced to go home?

A supervisor may require a medical examination of an employee if she/he believes the employee is exhibiting contagious symptoms that may be harmful for those the employee may come into contact with. Based on the medical assessment, the employee may be required to stay home from work.

What happens if my child is home with the flu? Can I still come to work?

If you are not feeling ill and you are able to leave your child, then yes, you can certainly come to work. If you begin to feel the same symptoms as noted above, then we urge you to stay home. Please be mindful of others around you though and remember that sick children should never be brought into the office.

If I have to stay home, can I work from home?

The University System of New Hampshire is currently working on a policy for telecommuting during emergencies and closures. Until the policy is finalized, this will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Contact PSU Human Resources for answers to specific questions.

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Take the safest route, not the fastest route. The safest route is usually the best lit, most traveled one.