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Our Plan for Managing H1N1 Illnesses

Note: the following e-mail was sent to all faculty and staff on 9/29/09.


Dear Colleagues:

Like many colleges and universities in the United States, we have begun to see flu-like symptoms among some of our students. To date, the number of cases suspected to be novel H1N1 (also known as swine flu) is small, and the symptoms and duration of the flu have been relatively mild.

The University is closely monitoring the situation, coordinating with San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH), and following recommendations of the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Please rest assured that at this time, we are not seeing a volume -- or severity -- of cases that would require changes to classes or other activities. That said, the potential for this illness to change course, or to move quickly through a population does exist. Health officials advise us to take the time now, early in the flu season, to educate our entire community -- students, faculty and staff -- about novel H1N1.

Toward that end, I have asked Dr. Alastair Smith, Director of Student Health Services, to communicate with you directly about ways you can best protect your health and that of others during flu season. I urge you to read his communications -- the first of which will be mailed to you tomorrow -- with great care, and to follow the recommendations they contain. Working together, we can help ensure that SF State prepares for and manages this health challenge.

In addition to these periodic e-mails, information about the H1N1 flu--including who is at high risk, symptoms, self-care instructions, and signs of when to seek medical attention--can be found at the Student Health Services Web site http://www.sfsu.edu/~shs/H1N1_Flu/H1N1_Flu.html This site is a valuable resource that will be updated as new information is available. Updates will also be made on this SF State News page http://www.sfsu.edu/~news/2009/fall/8.html You may follow SF State News on Twitter (SFState_News) to receive active notification of these updates.

--Robert A. Corrigan, president


To read an update from Alastair Smith, M.D.Director, Student Health Services, visit: http://www.sfsu.edu/news/announce/131b.html

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