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H1N1 Virus

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Cedar Crest College doing about the H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)?
A: Cedar Crest College administration and health officials are closely monitoring the swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection. Cedar Crest College works closely with our local hospitals and with the Allentown Health Bureau to monitor all communicable diseases. There is an Emergency Response Plan for our college community. During a pandemic event, we will contact the Allentown Health Bureau and the Pennsylvania Department of Health for further guidance.

Q: What should I do if I think I have the flu?
A: Reports show that symptoms of the H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) are similar to those of the typical flu. Please visit "Symptoms" for more information. If you experience flu-like symptoms, students should contact Cedar Crest College Health Services at 610-606-4640. Staff and faculty members should contact their family physician. Additional information on the flu can be found at: www.cdc.gov.

Q: How can I protect myself from the flu?
A: Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. Wash your hands often with soap and water. Alcohol-based hand cleansers are also effective. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. If you do have the flu, stay home from work or school.

Q: What if I am sick and cannot attend class or complete other academic requirements?
A: If you have flu-like symptoms, you should not attend classes. As of August 18, 2009, the Health Center staff is requesting that you call for an appointment at 610-606-4640, and let them know you are concerned about the flu. A student who is absent from classes for illness must contact the Dean of Student Affairs at doneill@cedarcrest.edu who will then verify the reason of the absence and notify the student’s instructors. Faculty members who receive such notification should understand that notification signifies that the information given by the student is credible; the notification does not exempt students from any of their course requirements. Faculty members should develop policies for excusing students who miss class or coursework for reasons beyond their control and should inform students about these policies. This may include alternate assignments.

Q: Will Cedar Crest College still hold athletic  and campus events?
A: At this time, Cedar Crest is operating as normal.  In the event of a pandemic, campus events may be postponed or canceled.  This is a preventative measure.

Q: Will Cedar Crest College still encourage study abroad trips?
A:  Study Abroad program will still be offered. If you are participating in a non-Cedar Crest College program, you should contact the provider for that program if you have questions or concerns.

Q: How will Cedar Crest College communicate information about the H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)?
A: Cedar Crest College will communicate important updates via e-mail from university administration as well as through its Web site (www.cedarcrest.edu/H1N1) and/or MyCedarCrest.