IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Flu season requires extra diligence
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), this flu season could be severe with the presence of the H1N1 virus. Although last Friday, Sept. 18, CU-Boulder health officials reported seeing fewer weekly cases of students with flu-like symptoms at Wardenburg Health Center, it’s important to be diligent about personal health protocols, and to keep updated on university policy information in regard to influenza-like illness (ILI).
The CU-Boulder H1N1 Flu Information website includes a wealth of information specific to faculty, staff and students. In addition to Human Resources policies and recommendations for illness preparedness in classrooms and in the workplace, a variety of resources are provided for health tips, links to information from the CDC, The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and an array of tools that can be used for educational purposes.
Do you think you might have the flu? The Wardenburg Health Center flu website offers information on symptoms, seeking treatment, and additional information for students.
The Boulder Campus Human Resources website provides updated leave guidance information in both English and Spanish, accessible from the front page.
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.
The university infectious disease response plan, which has been in place since spring 2009, continues to be fully implemented, with updated information sent out as it becomes available via email messages marked "flu update." CU-Boulder officials are monitoring the situation with the combined health of the community as the number one priority.
With that goal in mind, here are a few vital tips and recommendations:
By following recommended healthy practices and keeping updated as information develops, the CU-Boulder community can do its part to remain well, and to help keep others well, during this flu season.
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