October 8, 2009
As you are aware from recent media coverage, we have entered an unusual flu
season this year. The new virus, H1N1 (“swine flu”), began circulating in the
spring and has continued into the fall to add to the already increased burden of
influenza for the 2009-2010 flu season. You have no doubt begun to hear of
students at ours and neighboring colleges complaining of “coming down with
CCBC is working closely with the Maryland Higher Education Commission
(MHEC) and the Baltimore County and Maryland Health Departments to
monitor flu conditions and to make decisions about the best ways to help ensure
your well being. We have added an H1N1 web site to our CCBC home page
(www.ccbcmd.edu) to keep you updated with new information as it becomes
Given that the Center for Disease Control is no longer recommending a
quarantine/closure approach to institutions affected by the flu, we are doing
everything we can to keep the college functioning as usual while maintaining a
safe, healthy learning environment. Here are a few things you can do to help:
Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap
and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based
hand cleaners are effective, and dispensers are placed in high
traffic areas throughout all campus buildings. Sanitary wipes
have also been placed in all computer labs for you to wipe down
keyboards before using them.
Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. A fever registers on a
thermometer at or greater than 100° Fahrenheit or 38° Celsius.
Individuals who feel warm, seem flushed or are sweating or
shivering very likely are feverish and should consider that they
may have the flu.
Stay home if you have flu or flu-like illness for at least 24
hours after you no longer have a fever or signs of a fever.
Being fever free should be determined without the use of fever-
reducing medications that contain ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
Do not go to class or to work. Contact your instructor
electronically or by telephone to try to keep up with class work
while you are out. CCBC has an array of electronic resources
such as WebCT and Tegrity to assist you in staying up on class
work. If you are feverish, stay home, but make sure to connect
with your instructor. If you have a verified case of H1N1,
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please also report this condition to CCBC’s Public Safety
Office at 410-918-4120.
Talk with your health care providers about whether you
should be vaccinated for seasonal flu. If you are at higher risk
for flu complications, you should consider getting a flu shot.
H1N1 vaccine is not readily available as yet, but we will keep
you abreast of availability once we are apprised of such. CCBC
is hosting a free drive through clinic for seasonal flu
vaccinations on our CCBC Essex campus on October 25 from
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on a first come, first serve basis. All
are welcome to participate, no matter one’s campus home.
For more information on H1N1 and the seasonal flu, please visit the CCBC web
site at www.ccbcmd.edu/news/h1n1.
Sandra L. Kurtinitis, Ph.D.