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Pandemic Influenza Information

UNC Pembroke maintains plans in preparation for emergency events, including the H1N1 flu. This site provides the latest information for UNCP students, faculty and staff on pandemic influenza, travel advisories, UNCP policies and other information.


Influenza (or "flu") is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year. Every year in the United States, on average 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu; more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications and; about 36,000 people die from flu-related causes. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.

Additional Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) links about the flu:

(from CDC)

Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly and may include these symptoms:

  • fever (usually high)
  • headache
  • extreme tiredness
  • dry cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • muscle aches
  • Stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, also can occur but are more common in children than adults
  • Additional link: Influenza Symptoms (from CDC): www.cdc.gov/flu/symptoms.htm

Additional Links (from CDC)


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you take everyday preventive actions. If you experience flu symptoms and are a registered student, please visit Student Health Services for assistance. If you are off-campus and unable to visit Student Health Services, please visit your regular physician or an emergency facility.

  • According to CDC, the most effective seasonal flu prevention is vaccination. Once vaccinated, it takes approximately two weeks for your protective immunity to develop. H1N1 vaccine is currently under development.
  • Student Health Services offers flu vaccinations to the campus population. Schedules and clinic information is located on the Student Health Services web site.
  • Employee vaccination clinics will be scheduled on the UNCP campus.
    Visit the Human Resources web site for information.
  • Basic personal health and hygiene measures will minimize infection and spread of the flu
    • cover your mouth and nose while sneezing and coughing;
    • dispose of tissues immediately
    • wash your hands often with soap and warm water; 
    • isolate yourself from others who are ill or if you become ill (social distancing): www.cdc.gov/germstopper/pdf/work.pdf (PDF); and
    • contact your health care provider to discuss the availability of anti-viral medications: www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/antiviral/
  • CDC Says “Take 3” Steps To Fight The Flu: www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/preventing.htm
  • CDC's web site for Institutions of Higher Education to prevent the spead of Flu: www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/institutions/toolkit/actionstepsinstitutions.htm

Posters and Other Printable Educational Materials

For printable materials, visit www.cdc.gov/germstopper/materials.htm or click the following links (posters are in PDF format).

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Other Prevention Education Links

If you Travel Internationally

The World Health Organization (WHO), the CDC and the U.S. Department of State issue travel information, alert, warnings and announcements for public safety, personal security and health issues. WHO, CDC and State Department advisories are updated often and may differ; the University recommend you consult these sites before traveling. When they differ, UNCP recommends erring on the side of caution by following the most conservative advice.

For more international travel health information, see:

Precautions for International Travelers

If you have recently lived in, or traveled from an area where avian flu is present and you now have a fever, headache, muscle aches or respiratory symptoms, you should call a health care provider and ask for instructions.
Students should contact UNCP Student Health Services at 910.521.6219.

Individual, School and Community Plans

Do you have a personal plan in preparation for a pandemic event? Visit the following sites for planning information: