October 6, 2009

October 6, 2009- As many of you know, predictions for this flu season are that a significant number of people will get the H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu).  The response to H1N1, according to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH), will be to treat it as the seasonal flu is treated.   We are currently working with a private immunization clinic to potentially offer the H1N1 vaccine on our campuses.   

Important point to remember from the MCDPH:

·         The H1N1 vaccine is recommended

·         Practice good hygiene and flu prevention habits

·         Schools will not be closed due to H1N1 

 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warn that certain people are at a greater risk to the negative health effects of H1N1, and it is recommended that they contact their physician to inquire about the H1N1 vaccine.  The CDC’s Advisory Committee recommends that the following groups receive the vaccine before others:

·         Pregnant women

·         People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age

·         Health care and emergency medical services personnel with direct patient contact

·         People between the ages of 6 months and 24 years

·         People with underlying medical conditions, chronic health disorders, or compromised immune systems

 

Good hygiene and flu prevention habits are critical to reducing the spread of H1N1.  The Centers for Disease Control recommend the following:

·         Wash your hands often

·         Cough into your sleeve or cover cough with a tissue

·         Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth

·         Get plenty of rest

·         Stay home if you are sick