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Message Regarding Flu Caused by H1N1 Virus

September 16, 2009

Dear UCLA Students and Families,

As we prepare to begin classes on September 24, we are aware that there is a concern regarding flu caused by the H1N1 (commonly known as swine flu) virus.

I want to assure you that although we expect an increase in flu cases this year—including flu caused by the H1N1 virus—the campus community has the resources we need to reduce the risk of spreading the illness.

In spite of the media coverage the H1N1 virus has generated, all credible information indicates that the flu it causes is similar to the illness caused by the annual seasonal flu viruses.  The vast majority of those affected recover just as they would from the seasonal flu.  Public health experts advise treating H1N1 in the same way that seasonal flu is treated, and the health care professionals on our campus are proceeding accordingly.

Clinicians at our Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center follow guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health agencies, and Ashe Center leadership remains in close contact with Los Angeles County public health officials.  If circumstances change, UCLA will make appropriate adjustments.

What students can do

All students should be vaccinated for the seasonal flu—we will notify students when the vaccine is available this fall.  In addition, public health officials recommend the H1N1 vaccine for everyone, particularly those in certain age groups, pregnant women and those with certain health conditions.

In addition to a routine healthful lifestyle, students should practice good respiratory hygiene.  Important recommendations and additional information are available at www.ucla.edu/flu.   

I encourage all UCLA students to be part of our campuswide effort to share accurate information about H1N1 and prevent the spread of the flu.  Learn prevention techniques and share information with one another.  If you have questions, please see the Ashe Center website or call 310-825-4073.

By staying informed and taking proper preventive measures, we can keep our campus community as healthy as possible throughout flu season.

Sincerely,

Gene D. Block
Chancellor

 

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