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Flu Hotline launched as resource for students

11/17/2009 —

Penn State Mont Alto has launched a Flu Hotline as a resource to its students. Students can call the hotline by dialing 1-866-721-7872 to get facts about the flu and H1N1, what to do to avoid the flu, and what to do if they have the flu. The hotline also provides options for reporting the flu, and for requesting special housing and delivery of meals (for resident students who do not have the ability to go home to recuperate).

Penn State's University Health Services encourages Penn State students to get vaccinated against H1N1 before returning home for the Thanksgiving holiday break. Vaccination against both seasonal and H1N1 influenza is recommended for college students. It is possible to contract both the seasonal flu and H1N1 flu since exposure to one does not give immunity to the other. The CDC provides information that can help students make informed decisions about vaccination at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm and http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/public/vaccination_qa_pub.htm online.

Continued hand hygiene and cough etiquette are important tools for flu prevention. Students who contract the flu despite these efforts should exclude themselves from the public until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.

Find additional information about the flu and H1N1 here.

The Penn State Mont Alto Flu Hotline is available now at 1-866-721-7872.

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