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Influenza A H1N1 2009 (Swine Flu) Update!

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Influenza A H1N1 2009
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Flu Season 2009 - 2010

Influenza is on the news and on the minds of City College students, faculty, staff and administrators. The World Health Organization (WHO) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) both have declared that the novel influenza A H1N1 2009 (swine) flu, having spread to enough places and infected enough people, is now a pandemic, or a global epidemic.

The H1N1 2009 virus is new. Most of us have not built up the immunity to thwart the onset of illness. Thus the infection has spread rapidly to multiple regions of the world. Most experts are grateful that H1N1 2009 so far has not been as severe as many had feared. However, along with the approaching winter comes the seasonal influenza…

Because H1N1 2009 started out-of-season and has spread so fast, health officials had hoped the infection would have passed through the North American continent before the regular, seasonal flu season. But H1N1 2009 has lingered. The CDC predicts we will have a more severe flu season due to the additional and much lesser known H1N1 2009 compounding the effects of seasonal flu this fall, winter, and spring.

We hope that as more people are exposed to this new strain of influenza, immunity will start to build in our community and that H1N1 2009 will not be as contagious.

Prevention of the Flu and Other Infectious Illnesses

How to decrease the chances you will get the flu:

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Cover your cough or cough into your elbow or into tissues and throw it away.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or if necessary use the disinfectant gels.
  • Keep you hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Don’t share personal items such as eating or drinking utensils, toothpastes, razors.
  • Or, if you’re sick, stay home until the fever has been gone for 24 hours without fever reducing medications.

Vaccines, the Best Immune System Enhancer

The annual “Seasonal Flu Vaccine” will be available at CCSF Student Health Center. A special H1N1 vaccine has been ordered but unknown as to when we will receive our allocation. To date, the specialists are recommending that those who are under 10 years of age get two doses of the H1N1 vaccine. For the rest of the population, one dose of the vaccine is recommended.

Best Response

This is the first pandemic since 1968. The threat is real. Still, the best response to this threat is Prevention. Practice prevention. Get your flu shot and take good care of your health, by getting enough rest, adequate fluid intake and good nutrition to keep you healthy this flu season.




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