Flu Preparedness - Health and Wellness Center - Penn State Altoona

Flu Preparedness

Illnesses like the flu can affect us here on a college campus differently than anywhere else. Thousands of students returning from break from all over the globe have potentially been exposed to various viruses and bacteria. With shared housing, dining, and classroom situations, students have an increased potential to spread illnesses.

Important information related to the FLU (2014)
December 24 2013: CDC notifies clinicians via HAN (Health Alert Network) of reports of "severe respiratory illness among young and middle-aged adults, many of whom were infected with influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 (pH1N1) virus." "For the 2013-14 season, if pH1N1 virus continues to circulate widely, illness that disproportionately affects young and middle-aged adults may occur." [Full text: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/HAN/han00359.asp]

Note: CDC has notified us about potential dangers of this year’s strain of influenza. It is the same strain that caused swine flu in 2009. The importance of this is its potential danger for young and middle-aged adults. Vaccines currently used in the US include protection against this strain of virus. CDC is urging influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months and older. If you have not received your flu vaccine this year, please schedule to do so at the Health & Wellness Center at 814-949-5540 or www.altoona.psu.edu/healthwellness.