PSU H1N1 Information

January 11th, 2010 by Adam
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PSU H1N1 UPDATE
PLYMOUTH, N.H.
— No flu cases have been reported since the first week in December, 2009.

To learn about NH H1N1 clinics available to you and your family before then, check the state’s website at http://www.nh.gov/h1n1/vaccine.htm . Dates and locations of other clinics are being posted to the website and on the state’s 2-1-1 information system.

Plymouth State University is reporting our flu activity weekly to the American College Health Association. The ACHA is tracking flu activity at over 250 colleges and universities across the country. Their weekly reports can be viewed on their web site at www.acha.org .
Although the seasonal and/or H1N1 flu vaccine is the best defense against the flu, we still encourage everyone to continue to protect yourselves and prevent the spread of the flu by following the COUGH protocol recommended by the New Hampshire Public Health Department:

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.

All of the reported cases of the flu on campus are routinely reviewed to determine if there are any similarities in housing, majors, athletic teams, etc. We have seen the first instance of roommate transmission with last weeks reports. Otherwise, no one residential hall, major or sports team seems to have any disproportionate share of cases.

General Information:

The University’s experience with the flu appears to be similar to that across the state. In New Hampshire, state Public Health officials currently are reporting “widespread” flu activity, as are most New England states. Nationwide, 46 states are reporting widespread flu activity.

On a local level, PSU has hosted two sessions for Regional Health Officers and Emergency Management Directors regarding preparing for large scale public health emergencies, outbreaks and mass vaccination clinics. With this training, and other recent activities, PSU continues to maintain an active role in the Regional Public Health planning process.

University officials will continue to monitor the situation on a campus, state and national level and will report back with any changes and updates. Continue to monitor this Web site, e-mails and myPlymouth for announcements and schedules of any new seasonal and H1N1 vaccination clinics. Staff from Health Services, Environmental Health & Safety, Student Affairs and Residential Life continue to work together to provide assistance, supplies and services, as needed, to the Campus community.

H1N1 Symptoms:

NH Health officials indicate that symptoms of the H1N1 flu are similar to seasonal influenza, and include fever, sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, chills, headache and muscle aches, and fatigue. In some cases, patients also experience diarrhea and vomiting. If you believe you are suffering from flu symptoms, you are urged to PHONE your health care provider. They will discuss your situation and work with you to decide the best course of action for treatment or testing, if warranted.

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PSU will continue to provide updates as the situation warrants. Complete University emergency information is available at: plymouth.edu/emergency.

For more information regarding PSU’s H1N1 preparedness contact Tammy Hill, PSU Manager of Environmental Health and Safety at tjhill2@plymouth.edu .

Please direct media queries to Bruce Lyndes, PSU Acting Director of Public Relations at blyndes@plymouth.edu

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