Members of the Emergency Action Plan team continue to work collaboratively and monitor daily the information and guidelines issued by the State of Maryland and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the H1N1 flu. In early December, the state announched that Maryland will expand the distribution of H1N1 flu vaccine to the general population, beyond the five target groups for whom the vaccine was initally recommended; the state also reports a decline in flu activity following a late October second wave peak in H1H1 flu.
Vaccine shipments continue to increase every week as the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) orders 100 percent of the vaccine manufactured and made availalbe by the CDC. With well over one million doses of vaccine delivered in Maryland's five target populations, demand for vaccination appears to be on the decline. The five target populations include all people from 6 months through 24 years of age, as well as pregnant women, caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age, persons with health conditions associated with higher risk of medial complications from the flu, and healthcare and emergency medical personnel.
Below please find updated procedures for notifying MICA if you or a family member that lives with you experience flu-like symptoms. These symptoms include: fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headaches, chills, and fatigue:
- Do not go to class or work
- Students should seek medical attention at Mount Royal Medical Associates, at 410-225-8855 (please call ahead).
- Faculty and staff should call their health care provider and limit their contact with others until a physician has cleared their ability to return to schoo or work.
- Self-isolate for at least 24 hours after any fever is gone.
- Get plenty of rest and drink clear fluids to keep from being dehydrated
- Avoid normal activities, including work, school, travel, shopping, social events, and public gatherings.
- Remember if you are out of shool or work for more than three consecutive days, you are required to provide a statement from your doctor supporting your absence and releasing you to come back to work.
If you have been diagnosed with an influenza-like illness you should do the following as soon as is possible:
- Students should contact the Office of Student Affairs at 410-225-2422 for assistance with plans for self-isolation, arranging for meals, and any other necessary support; contact any faculty whose class you anticipate missing and inform them of your illness. Work with them to make arrangements for catching up on any missed work. If you have difficulty reaching your faculty or if your illness lingers to the point where you will miss two or more of any one class contact the Office of Student Affairs. If you need transportation to a medical facility for assessment or treatment please contact Campus Safety at 410-225-2245
- Faculty and staff should notify thier supervisor immediately; questions can be directed to Human Resources at 410-225-2363.
In-depth guidelines for students, faculty, and staff can be found on the left hand navigation of this page. The links outline MICA's Pandemic Influenza Policies and Response Procedures for the Emergency Action Plan.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted Interim CDC guidelines for Colleges and Universities in response to Human Infections with Novel Influenza A (H1N1).
Should a member of your household become infected with the H1N1 virus, please refer to the guidelines offered by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention to care for someone who is ill in your home.
Please note that due to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations, MICA is not able to disclose names and certain information regarding employee medical records.