From: Administrative E-Memo (memofrom@Colorado.EDU)
Date: Fri Sep 11 2009 - 22:07:21 MDT
Date: Fri, 11 Sep 2009 22:07:21 -0600 (MDT) From: Administrative E-Memo <memofrom@Colorado.EDU> Subject: Flu Update
TO: CU-Boulder Students
FROM: Gary Chadwick, assistant vice chancellor for health and wellness
SENDER: Gary Chadwick, assistant vice chancellor for health and wellness
DATE: September 11, 2009
SUBJECT: Flu Update
Dear CU students:
The University of Colorado at Boulder today announced that the total number
of H1N1 cases reported on campus since the beginning of the school year
stands at four. Test results for Type A Influenza have identified 92
probable H1N1 cases since the start of the school year, up from 85 last
week, and two students have been hospitalized since the start of the school
year. Both have recovered from their flu symptoms and are out of the
The university has seen 370 students with flu-like symptoms since Aug. 1.
Clinicians did not start seeing large numbers of walk-in student patients at
Wardenburg Health Center until after Aug. 19. These numbers include students
living both on and off campus.
Wardenburg officials say they are seeing about 100 students a week with
flu-like symptoms. The university has scaled back its Type A influenza
testing, testing only students who meet high-risk criteria or who are
Any CU-Boulder student who is experiencing influenza-like illness can call
either Wardenburg Health Center or their medical provider to discuss
treatment options. People who are at increased risk and have influenza-like
symptoms or people without risks but who are experiencing influenza-like
illness with worsening symptoms, should be seen by a health care provider
Populations considered at increased risk of H1N1 complications include
pregnant women, people with suppressed immune systems (such as those
undergoing chemotherapy), people with diabetes, asthma or other complicating
medical conditions, and small children. Wardenburg Health Center will
consider only people in these at-risk populations or those with worsening
flu symptoms as potential recipients of antiviral medications such as
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend that
universities cancel large-scale events or quarantine students or any
individuals who may be infected as an H1N1 containment strategy. At this
time, CU-Boulder is not canceling any special events or classes and is
actively monitoring Type A influenza cases in cooperation with Boulder
County Public Health.
In accordance with the CDC recommendations, CU-Boulder is asking ill
students to self-isolate and monitor their symptoms; to cover their noses
and mouths when they cough or sneeze; and to frequently wash their hands
with soap and warm water or disinfect with hand sanitizer.
CU-Boulder is coordinating with Boulder County Public Health around future
vaccination clinics and to acquire a portion of the national stockpile of
medications. Wardenburg Health Center will offer a series of H1N1
vaccination clinics for students, faculty and staff. Health officials
project the vaccine will be available in mid- to late-October.
We continue to fully implement our infectious disease response plan, which
has been in place since last spring. We will keep you updated with new
information as it becomes available to us, so watch your e-mails for
important messages marked "flu update." For now, be advised we are doing
everything we can to monitor the situation with the combined health of our
community as our number one priority. With that in mind, here are a few
vital tips. Please read this memo carefully, and for more information on
H1N1 and flu, visit the contacts provided.
- Students with influenza-like illness should first self isolate within
their residence hall rooms, their apartments or shared housing facilities.
Self-isolating means staying more than three feet away from another person
at all times.
- Students with influenza-like illness who fall into any of the high-risk
categories or whose symptoms are worsening should seek medical attention
immediately through Wardenburg Health Center or their medical provider.
- All individuals should cover their noses and mouths when they cough or
sneeze and frequently wash their hands with soap and warm water or disinfect
with hand sanitizer.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is not recommending
"quarantining" as an effective way to contain the virus. Based on that
recommendation, and due to the widespread nature of the virus and the
limited capacity of CU residence halls, the University is not "quarantining"
- Residence hall advisers have communicated H1N1 prevention and treatment
practices to students living in residence halls. Residence hall students who
have influenza-like illness are urged to stay in their rooms and not to
enter large-group settings until 24 hours after any fever has ended (and
ended naturally without the aid of medications).
- Students should report flu-like symptoms to their hall director or
resident adviser. Housing and dining staff will deliver kits including food
items and surgical masks to residents who report flu-like illness. Wearing a
mask provides no health benefit to a healthy person.
- Community Health information tables have been provided at dining
facilities during meal times to encourage good hygiene practices and to
answer questions that students have about the flu.
- Students who think they may have symptoms related to H1N1 may call the
Wardenburg Health Center at 303-492-3435.
- The CU-Boulder H1N1 Flu Web site has information on measures to prevent
and manage influenza-like illness at http://www.colorado.edu/safety/h1n1 .
- The Wardenburg Health Center has posted recommendations on protecting
against and treating influenza on its Web site at
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for
institutions of higher education are posted at
Working together, I know we will all get through this outbreak, which could
last throughout the fall and early winter. Again, please monitor your e-mail
communications carefully for news and updates titled "flu update."
Gary Chadwick, assistant vice chancellor for health and wellness
University of Colorado at Boulder
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