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Pandemic Preparedness

H1N1 Fall Flu Planning Update – September 18, 2009

Queen's continues to plan in anticipation of a second wave of H1N1 flu. Our preparations are consistent with federal and provincial guidelines, as well as other universities' plans, and we continue to be in close contact with local public health authorities.

The University has been focusing on raising awareness among students in residences, those living off-campus and among faculty and staff about how to prevent and treat the illness. Most cases of H1N1 are mild, and symptoms usually subside within one week. If you get sick, you are encouraged to stay home until you are better; this will help reduce the spread of the illness.

Faculty and staff have been provided with recommendations and options for responding to larger-than-usual numbers of ill students who may need to make special academic arrangements because they are sick. A short presentation about H1N1, how to prevent it, and what students should do if they feel ill, is available for instructors’ use in class. Instructors are discouraged from requesting medical notes from students in order to prevent local clinics, including Student Health Services, from becoming overloaded.

Keep checking this website for the latest information and for links to everything you need to know about the flu and how to fight it.

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