Frequently Asked Questions about H1N1 Influenza
University Monitors Influenza Outbreak
In response to several human cases of N1H1 influenza in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a public health advisory on April 25. In order to make additional resources available in the investigation and response to this outbreak, the federal government declared a public health emergency on April 26.
The Student Health Service is continuing to monitor the situation closely and will update this page as more information is available.
Symptoms of H1N1 influenza ("swine flu") are similar to seasonal influenza and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Some people have also reported diarrhea and vomiting. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, please call the Student Health Service to arrange for an appointment with a clinician.
If you have recently traveled to an affected area or you were exposed to someone with H1N1 flu, and you are experiencing symptoms of flu, please call the Student Health Service at 215-746-3535 and select option 1 to speak to a nurse or provider. The list of affected areas is available at http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/investigation.htm.
Public health authorities also recommend the following measures to keep yourself healthy:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are sick. Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
- If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
Additional information about H1N1 influenza is posted on the CDC website: