From: Administrative E-Memo (memofrom@Colorado.EDU)
Date: Fri Sep 18 2009 - 15:02:05 MDT
Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2009 15:02:05 -0600 (MDT) From: Administrative E-Memo <memofrom@Colorado.EDU> Subject: Flu Update
TO: Boulder Campus Teaching & Research Faculty, Staff,
Deans, Directors, Dept Chairs, System Administration
FROM: Gary Chadwick, assistant vice chancellor for health and wellness
SENDER: Gary Chadwick, assistant vice chancellor for health and wellness
DATE: September 18, 2009
SUBJECT: Flu Update
Dear CU faculty and staff:
University of Colorado at Boulder health officials today reported that they
are seeing fewer weekly cases of students with flu-like symptoms at
Wardenburg Health Center, with the number of cases of H1N1 confirmed by the
state health department standing at four and the number of students seen in
the clinic with flu-like symptoms at 446 since Aug. 1.
These numbers include students living both on and off campus. They do not
include students who have been seen by an off-campus health care provider.
The university has scaled back its Type A influenza testing, testing only
students who meet high-risk criteria or who are hospitalized. Two students
have been hospitalized since the start of the school year. Both have
recovered from their flu symptoms and are out of the hospital.
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 promptly.
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.
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 goal 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.
- All faculty members are expected to be flexible regarding students missing
classes and making up work. The recovery time for H1N1 can be from 7-10
days, and students are expected to stay out of class until at least 24 hours
after their fever breaks, and continue diligent hand-washing and good
respiratory etiquette. Due to the number of expected illnesses, students
should not be required to provide a note to faculty to excuse an absence
from class due to illness.
- The university is observing normal schedules regarding classes at this
time. If the situation changes, the provost will direct department chairs,
in consultation with their deans, to decide if "discretionary" events should
- Faculty should make clear arrangements for class continuity in the event
they themselves become ill and should be prepared to communicate the
information to students.
- Departments should be particularly prepared to receive student phone calls
regarding missing class and notifying faculty of their health status and to
communicate key information to individual faculty and instructors.
- The University is operating under existing leave rules, policies and
procedures at this time.
- Any Boulder campus and System Administration employees who are exhibiting
flu-like symptoms are strongly encouraged to stay home. Again, the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that employees stay home
for at least 24 hours after their fever has subsided, without the use of
fever reducing medications, and continue diligent hand-washing and good
- Employees with flu-like symptoms who do stay home should use sick leave
for the absence and follow proper procedures to request leave from their
supervisors. If an employee has exhausted all of his or her sick leave, it
is appropriate to use annual leave.
- The CDC recommends that employees not be required to confirm their illness
or recovery from the flu with medical documentation because doctors' offices
may be unable to provide such documentation in a timely fashion. Therefore,
this flu season, employees are not required to submit a medical
certification if they are out for more than three consecutive workdays
because they or their family members have the flu. Departments are not
required to designate Family Medical Leave (FML) for employees who have ILI
or are caring for family members who have ILI.
For more information, employees should visit the Human Resources Web site at
http://www.colorado.edu/humres/. There is a helpful Human Resources H1N1
question-and-answer page 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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