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2010 - H1N1 - "Swine Flu" Information

1/22/2010

We still do have some H1N1 vaccine available on campus. If you would like to recieve the vaccination please let me know at jwelch@mansfield.edu. The vaccine will only be available for a limited time.

12/15/2009

Mansfield University held a Free H1N1 vaccination clinic on the following dates at the Kelchner Fitness Center-

Friday December 11th, 2009 from 10am-2pm

Monday December 14th, 2009 from 9am-2pm

There were approximately 310 people who attended the clinic. Thanks to all that suppported this process.

H1N1 Consent Form

H1N1 Vaccine Information Sheet - Injection

H1N1 Vaccine Information Sheet - Nasal Spray

12/2/2009

Vaccine Update - Mansfield University has not yet received our H1N1 Vaccine shipment through the PA Department of Health. The local Health Department in Wellsboro does have a supply of vaccine available on a first come first serve basis. Appointments can be made through registering via the PA Dept. of Health website. See the link below for more information. Students wishing to receive the vaccination and have no transportation please contact the Health and Safety office for assistance at 570-662-4906 or jwelch@mansfield.edu.

Individuals in the recommended target groups must schedule an appointment time, day and location in order to receive the H1N1 vaccine. You can begin scheduling appointments on Mon., Nov. 30.

http://www.h1n1inpa.com/vaccines/h1n1-vaccine-locations-in-pa/

11/20/2009

H1N1 Vaccine update -

Mansfield University has placed our order for the H1N1 vaccine, unfortunately it is unclear when the vaccine will arrive. Our hopes is to provide the vaccine prior to winter break, but if it does not arrive by that time we should have the vaccination clinic availble upon the beginning of the spring semester.

When the vaccine arrives a message will be sent out to indicate when and where to come for the clinic.

More information will be sent out to campus when it is made available to us.

Groups recommended to receive 2009 H1N1 vaccine first are:

medical conditions or a weakened immune system

Please review the following documents prior to attending any vaccination clinic -

H1N1 Consent Form

H1N1 Vaccine Information Sheet - Injection

H1N1 Vaccine Information Sheet - Nasal Spray

10/29/2009

Update - There are reported cases of the H1N1 virus in Tioga County, which is the county where Mansfield University sits. The health systems in the area are reporting increased numbers of sick individuals coming to the emergency departments and clinics throughout the region.

The following is an portion of a letter sent out from the Laurel Health System Occupational Health Office in Wellsboro;

It is now determined that because the seasonal flu is not as yet in the Northern Hemisphere, that all flu is the H1 N1. Seasonal flu is not expect ed to show up in our area until January. It is best not to go to the Emergency Room or to your physician’s office unless you are suffering from complications of your flu like symptoms.

If someone has a fever they should take Motrin or Tylenol Not Aspirin. If the fever continues even into sleeping time, set your alarm for the next dose. For generalized muscle and joint pain the Motrin or Tylenol may also help.
For a sore throat, throat lozenges may relieve they symptoms. For a cough over the counter cough medicine or cough drops.
Encourage plenty of fluids and rest. Those who have been the most ill have been dehydrated, so remember to take fluids every hour. The sick individual should use only their own towels, utensils and cover their cough using their arm or a tissue that should be immediately thrown away. Hand washing and or hand sanitizer should be done frequently and everyone should keep their hands away from their nose, eyes and mouth to prevent the virus from infecting your body.   Of course if the symptoms become worse the person’s physician should be called and determination made to see the person.
The full text of the letter can be found here.

9/24/2009

Swine Flu: What you should know

Got flu Symptoms? - Click Here

Questions or Symptoms - fluinfo@mansfield.edu

9/17/2009

New PA Department of Health H1N1 Web site - http://www.h1n1inpa.com

Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator, Jim Welch, talks about precautions being taken against the H1N1 Flu at Mansfield University.

View video

Mansfield University is monitoring the situation at the International, Regional, and Local basis.

Current Pennsylvania Department Of Health Case Count can be found here.

Please check in with the following websites for additional information.

www.flu.gov - Website for good general information and preparedness information

www.health.state.pa.us  &  http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/key_facts.htm - For updated information on the current situation.

If you have existing medical condition click here for important information. 

Check the here to see what areas around the world have been infected.

CDC Link

Frequently Asked Questions from the MU Community -

Question - Will MU provide us with the H1N1 flu vaccination as it does for the seasonal flu?

Question - Does the flu shot that we can get in October cover this particular flu as well?

Answer -Unfortunately it does not. They are developing a vaccine specific for the H1N1 “Swine Flu” but it will be a separate injection. At this time the CDC is recommending the vaccine for the age group of 5-24 years of age. That of course is when/if they get enough manufactured to cover that priority group.
If they get enough produced it may be available for the general public.

The seasonal flu shot is still a good deal as it can help fight of the seasonal flu which may make you more susceptible for the H1N1 if it makes a strong come back.

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