H1N1 Influenza Plan - Attachment 5

Sample of Initial Communication to Residents 

September 21, 2009

In March/April 2009, a novel strain of H1N1 Influenza commonly known as “swine flu” emerged in Mexico and spread to the United States. As a result of the rapid spread of the virus in the U.S. and elsewhere, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a worldwide pandemic. Although the virus remains mild in virulence, it is easily spread from human-to-human. Due to the high communicability of the virus there is still concern about human health impacts especially for the upcoming flu season.

Public health experts have issued advisories and suggestions to minimize transmission. As a result, UCLA Housing and Residential Life, in consultation with campus public health experts, has developed a coordinated plan of action to prevent the spread of this virus should it occur within our population. Your active participation in this plan to reduce the spread of this virus is vital to its success and the wellness of our community.

This plan includes, but is not limited to: infection control education, personal hygiene management, exposure reduction and if necessary, the establishment of recovery rooms/areas to protect our general population.

UCLA Housing/Residential Life and the campus community are committed to the continued safety and welfare of our residents and will be providing additional information as necessary. In addition, you will find in your move-in packet, reusable thermometers. We provide these to you to enlist your active participation in self-managing your health. If you feel flu symptoms coming on, please take extra precautions to minimize the chance of spreading the virus to others by self-isolating, frequent hand washing, and proper respiratory etiquette (cover your mouth and nose completely when coughing or sneezing). Again, the active engagement and full involvement of our community is critical for an effective response to this concern. Ultimately, the responsible actions from each of us will be the key to overcoming this challenging situation.

For more information about H1N1 Flu and how you can protect yourself, please visit the links in Related Information.