Message Regarding Swine Flu

Monday, April 27, 2009

Health organizations including the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization have raised an alert about the outbreak of swine flu, which includes confirmed cases in our neighboring states of Texas and Kansas.  Health officials are extremely worried about the rapid spread of this illness through person-to-person contact.

I am writing to you today to let you know that TU already has engaged its Pandemic Influenza Plan to prepare for possible expansion of the illness to our local communities, while also protecting the health and safety of our campus.  TU officials are closely monitoring the situation and we are working with local and state health officials to stay current regarding the latest developments.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to contact either their family physician or the Alexander Health Center at TU if they develop flu symptoms, which include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. To prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza, it is important that all members of the campus community rigorously follow good hygiene practices.  

For your convenience, TU health officials have collected some helpful resources and reminders at the bottom of this message.  I encourage each of you to take a moment to review the material.  Each of us has a responsibility to remain vigilant about the spread of this illness so that we may safeguard the health and safety of our campus.

--Steadman Upham, President
The University of Tulsa

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Everyday good hygiene steps to prevent spread of germs:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people. If you get sick with influenza, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

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Recommended Web sites for more information:  

Centers for Disease Control

General Overview:

http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/?s_cid=swineFlu_outbreak_internal_001

Q&A:

http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/swineflu_you.htm

Key Facts:

http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/key_facts.htm

 

World Health Organization

General information:

http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/index.html

 

Tulsa City County Health Department

General Information:

http://www.tulsa-health.org/community-health/epidemiology/swine-flu/?lid=1565

 

TU Center for Global Education

General Information:

http://www.utulsa.edu/globaleducation/resource_swine_flu_april_09.php

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Contact:
David Hamby
918-631-2309
david-hamby@utulsa.edu