From: Tina Netland
Sent: Thursday, October 01, 2009 2:18 PM
To: Tina Netland
Subject: Union University H1N1 Flu Update
Dear Union Faculty, Staff and Students:
In an effort to keep our community up to date about the H1N1 as it relates to our campus, below is a brief update on the current situation at Union and throughout the country related to the H1N1 flu virus. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Union Health Services at 731.661.5284.
• To date, Union Health Services has seen 184 cases of influenza or influenza-like illness (ILI).
• Of these, none have required hospitalization but a few developed other respiratory problems that were treated on an out-patient basis.
• Seasonal flu shots continue at Union. Many universities and clinics throughout the country have not yet received seasonal vaccine, and they have no idea when or if they will receive the vaccine they ordered. Please take advantage of a blessedly plentiful supply at Union. The next scheduled flu shot clinic (for the seasonal vaccine) will be announced in E-nnouncements.
• The CDC recommends vaccination against seasonal flu as soon as you are able to get it. They are not recommending waiting until later in the flu season.
• Influenza is reported as widespread throughout the entire southern half of the country. This is highly unusual for this time of year. Approximately 98% of lab-verified flu has been the novel H1N1 strain.
• The majority of illness has been moderate to moderately severe. Pregnant women and children under the age of 6 years are more likely than other demographics to have a poor outcome.
• Union has 3,500 doses of novel H1N1 vaccine ordered. The first 3.4 million doses are expected to arrive at distribution centers throughout the country during the first week of October. As soon as Health Services has vaccine available, it will be given as directed by the CDC and local health authorities. The vaccine has been purchased with federal funds and will be free to recipients. Private clinics may charge an administration fee, Union will not.
• Please continue to be deliberate about cleaning your hands, covering your cough or sneeze appropriately, and remaining home when sick. Discourage colleagues and students from “toughing it out” and coming to work/school sick.
Please see http://cdc.gov/h1n1flu/update.htm for more information.
Paul Mayer, RN
Director of Health Services for Union University
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