UPDATED: May 22, 2009, 5 p.m.
The World Health Organization continues to maintain the influenza level at a “Phase 5” alert. Dr. Cathy Coulman, Chief Health Officer for the University, has been in contact with the Alameda County Health Department regarding local information on the status and reported cases.
The Influenza H1N1 strain has remained primarily mild in the United States. It looks much like the seasonal flu. For that reason, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new flu guidance recommendations that schools no longer have to close if they have a suspected or actual case of the flu. Schools that had closed for flu-related reasons may now open. Sick students and staff members with flu-like symptoms should stay home for a minimum of seven days. Schools should continue to encourage good health habits to reduce the flu's spread.
Campus administrators are closely monitoring the situation and progress of the virus. We are reviewing our policies and procedures for handling such cases if they do occur. Please be assured that the health and safety of our campus community is our most important priority.
As we hear about these cases we are reminded that it is extremely important for all of us to be careful about health concerns at this time. The symptoms that the CDC has connected with H1N1 flu are fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Some people also experience diarrhea and vomiting.
If you are a student experiencing these symptoms, contact the Student Health Center Monday –Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; after hours call your personal physician or local emergency room. University employees should see their personal physician.
We are all responsible for practicing good health habits: cover your cough with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash after using, wash your hands carefully and frequently, remain physically active, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious foods. Avoid close contact with those who are sick if possible, and avoid crowded settings
We are committed to keeping the campus community informed about the situation. Information from state and national health agencies will also be included in our links and communications.
You can find campus updates regarding H1N1 flu on CSUEB's special urgent information Web page.
Again, let us all do what we can to protect the health and safety of our CSUEB community by following good health habits.
President – California State University, East Bay