H1N1 Influenza Update

Posted on 5/13/2009 8:00:00 AM

IUP officials continue to monitor the situation regarding H1N1 influenza as it relates to Indiana County and the university.

(updated December, 2009)

On June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 6 in response to the ongoing global spread of the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus. A Phase 6 designation indicates that a global pandemic is underway. WHO’s decision to raise the pandemic alert level to Phase 6 is a reflection of the spread of the virus, not the severity of illness caused by the virus.

IUP will remain vigilant in tracking the progress of the disease and keeping the community advised with regard to actions in response to changes. Students, staff, faculty, and their families should continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC to remain healthy and consult their doctor if they have concerns.

What You Can Do to Stay Healthy

  • Stay informed. The CDC website has personal and family guidelines for staying healthy and caring for ill family members.
  • Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people. Take everyday actions to stay 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.

    • Stay home if you get sick. The CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

  • Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.
  • Find healthy ways to deal with stress and anxiety.

For the latest reports and conditions regarding H1N1 Influenza, you are encouraged to visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website or the Pennsylvania Department of Health website.