Flu Preparation and Preparedness

Prevention and Treatment Measures for the NCC Community
Prevention is the best way to minimize the spread of influenza. Following CDC guidelines (www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/general_info.htm ) we ask that everyone review the following information to help prevent the spread of influenza at NCC and limit the impact on our community. Additionally, we ask that those who normally visit the campus (friends and family of students and staff) do not do so if they have influenza like symptoms.

Flu Prevention Guidelines

  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after sneezing or coughing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. Note: the College has placed hand sanitizers throughout the campuses.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. When a tissue is unavailable, cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow or shoulder instead of your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu which include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

If you have symptoms of influenza-like illness

  • Avoid contact with others by staying home and away from work, school and public places. By isolating yourself, you protect others in the community, especially those at higher risk for complications from contracting the flu.
  • The CDC recommends that you should remain isolated until at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever, or signs of a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
  • See the CDC for more information regarding treatment and medicines.

Information for NCC Students

  • If you develop symptoms of the flu, do not go to class, work on campus, or other public places until you are fever free for more than 24 hours. Resident students are asked to leave campus to stay with family during their illness (resident students will receive more detailed information about housing and precautions).
  • If you stay home sick, please notify your instructors by email of your absence. Every effort will be made by your instructors to provide reasonable opportunities to make up missed work or exams.
  • Faculty may also contract the flu and need to stay home. Please monitor the NCC website for postings about class cancellations.
  • The College encourages you to consider being vaccinated for the seasonal and H1N1 influenza. Check with your health care provider.
  • Contact your instructor, advisor, or a member of the student affairs staff if you have specific concerns about your progress due to time away for illness. Prepare for the possibility of being out sick by staying on top of all your academic work and maintaining an excellent attendance record.

Possible changes to College operations
At this time, the Health Bureau and the CDC are not recommending that colleges and universities suspend classes or large gatherings. However, it is possible that they could recommend that the College suspend normal operations in order to limit the spread of influenza.

If normal operations are suspended, notification will be made to the College community via a notice on the College's webpage, via the NCC Alerts text messaging service, and on local radio and television stations.

Locating additional Information

Contact CDC 24 hours a day at:
1 (800) CDC-INFO (232-4636)
TTY: (888) 232-6348

PA Department of Health

http://www.h1n1inpa.com/ was created by the PA Department of Health to answer questions and provide the latest news on the virus.Recent news includes the approval by the FDA for the new H1N1 vaccine. Please refer to this site for information about its availability in October. Or call, 1-877-724-3258.

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