Student Life & Services

H1N1 Flu Virus Update

8/17/2009

Information for the LIM College Community

Novel influenza A (H1N1) is a new flu virus of swine origin that first caused illness in Mexico and the United States in March and April, 2009. It's thought that novel influenza A (H1N1) flu spreads in the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses spread, mainly through the coughs and sneezes of people who are sick with the virus, but it may also be spread by touching infected objects and then touching your nose or mouth. Novel H1N1 infection has been reported to cause a wide range of flu-like symptoms, including, but not limited to, fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

On June 11, 2009 the World Health Organization (WHO) signaled that a global pandemic of novel influenza A (H1N1) was underway. This action was a reflection of the spread of the new H1N1 virus, not the severity of illness caused by the virus. Since the WHO declaration of a pandemic, the new H1N1 virus has continued to spread. In the United States, significant novel H1N1 illness has continued into the summer, with localized and in some cases intense outbreaks occurring. However, most people who have become ill have recovered without requiring medical treatment.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) anticipates that there will be more cases associated with this pandemic in the United States over the summer and into the fall and winter. *

At this time, we believe there is no immediate risk to the LIM College community and the CDC is not currently recommending that colleges, universities, or post-secondary educational institutions cancel or dismiss classes or other large gatherings.

To ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, LIM College will continue to monitor the situation at the local, state and national levels and will follow the guidance of public health agencies on this issue. Updates and instructions will be provided to the LIM College community on a regular basis via email, on our website, and, when warranted, through use of the College's Emergency Notification System.

We have also appointed two point personnel concerning H1N1. Any questions about LIM College flu protocols should be directed to:

Michael Ferry, Vice President for Student Development
Phone: 860-510-2377 or 646-529-6855

Michael Sachs, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Phone: 917-359-2140
Email: studentaffairs@limcollege.edu

For more information about H1N1, please consult the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/

*The above information was excerpted from the CDC website (July 29, 2009).



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