October 2, 2009


SUBJECT:    H1N1 Preparedness Strategy

As we begin fall quarter, we would like to update you on the steps we have taken to prepare for the H1N1 virus and seasonal flu at UC San Diego. The University has been working closely with the San Diego Department of Health and Human Services to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about prudent steps to take regarding influenza preparedness. For specific information on these efforts, please see: We have also worked hard to make sure that you get the help you need if you become ill. The "flu buddy" program and Get Well kits are a couple of examples of these efforts. Find out more about these services by visiting the Student Health Service website at

The CDC and San Diego County Public Health Department want you to remember that although most people who contract flu have mild illness, the virus causing flu is spread easily. To avoid becoming infected with flu you should wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, don't share food or drinks, and cover your cough or sneeze.

If you experience flu-like symptoms (a fever of 100F or higher, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body ache, headache, chills, unusual fatigue, diarrhea or vomiting), it's important that you go back to your home-whether on- or off-campus. Most people do NOT need to be seen at Student Health, and can take care of themselves at home. The virus appears to take four to five days to run its course, and it is important for your well-being and the health and safety of your classmates, that those with the illness stay at home until fever has been gone for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medicines). If you have a condition that puts you at risk for complications from the flu (lung, heart, kidney or liver disease, diabetes, obesity, weakened immune system) OR your symptoms are severe (high fever, difficulty breathing, feel extremely weak or confused, are dehydrated or become very dizzy) you should seek medical care.

We will continue to keep you informed of any additional changes to UC San Diego's flu preparedness strategy.

Penny Rue
Vice Chancellor -
Student Affairs