The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is concerned about the health of the campus community in light of the predictions about the spread of the H1N1 flu virus (“swine flu”) this fall. We are closely monitoring national developments. This virus has occurred frequently around the world since May.
Five manufacturers have begun producing vaccine against the H1N1 influenza (swine flu) virus, according to a June 26 announcement by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Vaccine-production news will be posted on the CDC and www.pandemicflu.gov Web sites.
H1N1 is a new virus, "unique because it is a combination of genes from swine, bird, and human influenza viruses," according to the CDC. "Infected individuals report flu-like symptoms of fever, aches and pains, sore throats, coughing, and trouble breathing. Some people have also reported diarrhea and vomiting."
The CDC recommends everyday steps people can take to stay healthy, ranging from washing hands thoroughly and often to covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
People suffering from flu-like symptoms should stay at home and immediately contact their health care providers. Pitt-Johnstown students experiencing such symptoms are urged to immediately contact the Health Services Office.