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					October 8, 2009


Dear Student:

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
the flu.”

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
available.

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.

Sincerely,



Sandra L. Kurtinitis, Ph.D.
President


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