H1N1 Influenza

General Information

Senior administrators and staff at The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University are monitoring the spread of H1N1 worldwide. In most cases to date, individuals who have contracted H1N1 have experienced typical flu-like symptoms and fully recover. However, media attention on H1N1 has heightened anxiety about both H1N1 and seasonal flu.

The Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization are the best sources of up-to-date information on H1N1. We encourage students and their families to remain informed, and to ask their personal physician questions as needed regarding CDC vaccine recommendations for both H1N1 and seasonal flu.

As part of our normal emergency response preparations, all resident directors for The College of Global Studies’ programs are following specific CDC guidelines for higher education institutions for the 2009-2010 academic year. We have been sharing information with students already studying abroad about ways to keep themselves healthy and safe, and will send up-to-date information to spring students prior to their departure.

Most importantly, all Arcadia program administrators, staff and students are reminded of the CDC’s recommendations for the 4 main ways to keep from getting sick with flu:

  1. Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

  2. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder; not into your hands.

  3. Stay home or at your place of residence if you are sick for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). Staying away from others while sick can prevent others from getting sick too. Ask a roommate, friend, or family member to check up on you and to bring you food and supplies if needed.

  4. Talk to your health care provider to find out if you should be vaccinated for season flu and/or 2009 H1N1 flu. Information about 2009 H1N1 flu vaccination can be found at:
    www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination 
    Information about seasonal flu vaccine can be found at:
    http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm

Students will be able to contact HTH Worldwide, Arcadia’s health and accident insurance provider, for information about the availability of H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccination in the countries where they are studying.

Please contact Arlene Snyder, Director of Health, Safety and Security at The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University with questions or concerns.

WHO Flu Update: No Travel Restrictions

Dr. Margaret Chan, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, announced on Thursday, June 11, that the scientific criteria for an influenza pandemic have been met, based on the spread of H1N1 influenza A. WHO has, therefore, raised their pandemic alert level from phase 5 to phase 6.

In the speech announcing this (http://www.who.int/en/), Dr. Chan emphasizes that the overall severity of the pandemic is moderate:  Most individuals recover from the infection without the need for hospitalization; overall levels of serious illness appear similar to seasonal influenza, and hospitals and healthcare systems have been able to accommodate people seeking care. WHO continues to recommend no restrictions on travel and no border closures.

University officials will continue to monitor this situation in the United States and in all countries where Arcadia University students are studying abroad. See General Information on H1N1 (Swine Influenza)  for general information about staying healthy as well as specific information on this type of influenza.