University Health Services (UHS) saw an increase in influenza-like illness this week. To date, UHS has recommended self-isolation to more than 30 students -- more than half of these cases occurring since Saturday. UHS followed its own advice today, postponing the Sept. 9 Health Fair to prevent unnecessary exposure of well students to sick students.
As the number of ill students increases, it is important for those who are sick to self-isolate. Sick individuals should not report to work, or attend classes and other group activities (including athletic events, concerts, etc).
Students should return home to recuperate, if possible. Once recovered and fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication), students may return to normal activities.
For students who live in the residence halls and cannot return home, the area Residence Life office can provide assistance in making room arrangements. Students who are sick should ask a friend to check on them daily. Ill students also can contact the dining commons between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to make arrangements for food to be picked up by a friend.
For additional tips on what to do if you have the flu, download the UHS flyer at http://www.sa.psu.edu/uhs/pdf/if_you_have_flu.pdf online. Download UHS' Prepare for Flu Season flyer at http://www.sa.psu.edu/uhs/pdf/prepare_for_flu.pdf online.
For more information on Penn State's preparation for H1N1 this fall, visit http://www.flu.psu.edu online. General information about H1N1 influenza is available at http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/general_info.htm online.