H1N1 Flu update
Click here for updates on the Health Science Center is doing about H1N1 flu, or visit the UNTHSC Safety Office Web page.
Although talk of the H1N1 flu is waning, the Health Science Center continues to monitor the situation and continues to post updates to its Web page. We are still in the “alert” stage of our emergency plan. Faculty, staff, students and their families are encouraged to remain vigilant for flu symptoms and to practice preventive measures until the Centers for Disease Control and county officials lower the threat level.
NOTE: Influenza viruses, especially new ones, produce disease in two or three waves, and the waves can be separated by six to 12 months. Because influenza viruses are notoriously hard to predict, we need to plan for the worst and hope for the best during the coming fall-winter flu season.
On April 29, the Health Science Center rolled out its pandemic influenza plan, which was adopted in 2007 after a year-long planning effort. In fact, the Executive Team and the Safety Office were preparing to test the plan this summer.
Based on the Health Science Center’s response to the recent situation, the pandemic flu plan will be adapted to include new processes to measure the operational capabilities of the clinical operations, and to assess student, faculty and staff attendance at school and at work to determine impacts on academic programs. The Executive Team and Safety Office will continue to review the Health Science Center’s response to make improvements to our emergency plans.