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Flu Clinics are here! Despite a national flu vaccine shortage, the annual Flu Vaccine clinics will go on at Penn as scheduled on Thursday October 23rd and Wednesday October 29th from 11am-7:30pm in Bodek Lounge (Houston Hall). You do not need an appointment. Students, faculty and staff are all welcome- just bring your Penn Card! Want to know how it works? Check out our video. Printable versions of our Flu Clinic posters are available here.
Updated 10/20/14: Close contacts and the first wave of health care providers who treated the United States' first Ebola case have cleared the 21 day incubation period without symptoms, meaning they did not contract the Ebola Virus Disease. Meanwhile, the federal government continues to ramp up preparedness efforts internationally and domestically. To find out how you can help, visit Penn's Center for High Impact Philanthropy for suggestions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to coordinate response efforts and safety measures both domestically and abroad. We at SHS continue to work closely with our colleagues at the Health System and the Philadelphia Department of Health to make sure appropriate protocols are in place and that we remain aware of the most up-to-date developments in the Philadelphia region. We are following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We have found the CDC and the World Health Organization to be the best sources of updated information. The University has set up an Ebola page as well. Please feel free to consult and share more information on Ebola from the Disease Updates website. If you have additonal questions, feel free to contact us.
It's the Year of Health at Penn! Campus Health Initiatives, the public health arm of Student Health Service is heavily involved and wants you to be too. Check out all of our different health education programs and click here to find out what we're doing for the Year of Health.
Updated 10/9/14: Enterovirus infections are common in the summer and fall. While thecurrent outbreak has spread to 44 states, the at-risk population continues tobe young children. Currently, several states, including Pennsylvania, are seeing more children than usual with severerespiratory illness caused by Enterovirus D68. While the current outbreak is mainly affecting young children, you can help protect yourself, your friendsand your family by maintaining good hygiene. Wash your hands often with soapand water for 20 seconds. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashedhands. Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with peoplewho are sick. For more information, see our Disease Update.
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