Pandemic Influenza Information

Preparing for the Flu: 

PVAMU students, faculty and staff should continue to follow these simple, yet preventive steps:

  • Practice good hygiene: cover your mouth with a tissue or your sleeve if you sneeze or cough; avoid
    touching your eyes, nose and mouth; wash your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand cleaners.
  • Seek medical attention if you exhibit flu-like symptoms, such as fever, body aches, cough or sore throat. Students can receive treatment at the Owens-Franklin Health Center or seek treatment from their private physician. To contact the PVAMU Owens-Franklin Health Center, please call (936) 261-1400. Faculty and staff can go to local clinics, hospitals, or their or seek treatment from private physicians.
  • Stay at home and do not come to work until you are fever-free for 24 hours without the assistance of fever reduction medication. Call in and report your illness, do not come to work if you have flu-like symptoms or the flu.

What exactly is a Pandemic:

A pandemic is a global disease outbreak. An influenza pandemic occurs when a new influenza virus emerges for which there is little or no immunity in the human population; begins to cause serious illness; and then spreads easily person-to-person worldwide. A worldwide influenza pandemic could have a major effect on the global economy, including travel, trade, tourism, food, consumption and eventually, investment and financial markets. Planning for pandemic influenza by business and industry is essential to minimize a pandemic’s impact.

It is difficult to predict when the next influenza pandemic will occur or how severe it will be. Wherever and whenever a pandemic starts, everyone around the world is at risk. Countries might, through measures such as border closures and travel restrictions, delay arrival of the virus, but cannot stop it.

During a pandemic, transmission can be anticipated in the workplace, not only from patient to workers in health care settings, but also among co-workers in general work settings. A pandemic would cause high levels of illness, death, social disruption, and economic loss. Everyday life would be disrupted because so many people in so many places become seriously ill at the same time. Impacts could range from school and business closings to the interruption of basic services such as public transportation and food delivery.

Education and outreach are critical to preparing for a pandemic. Understanding what a pandemic is, what needs to be done at all levels to prepare for pandemic influenza, and what could happen during a pandemic helps us make informed decisions both as individuals and as a nation. Should a pandemic occur the public must be able to depend on its government to provide scientifically sound public health information quickly, openly and dependably. For additional information on pandemic influenza, see One-stop access to U.S. Government avian and pandemic flu information.

A Communication Toolkit for Institutions of Higher Education

The purpose of  “Preparing for the Flu: A Communication Toolkit for Institutions of Higher Education” is to provide information and communication resources to help students, faculty, and staff implement recommendations from CDC’s Guidance for Responses to Influenza for Institutions of Higher Education during the 2009-2010 Academic Year.Preparing for the Flu: A Communication Toolkit for Institutions of Higher Education (PDF) PDF

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