Flu: Teamwork needed
Nothing could be more important when many students, faculty and staff will have been in some way affected by this year’s flu virus. Various departments within the university, along with the Alachua County Health Department, are working together to ensure campus safety in response to this year’s H1N1 influenza illness.
The Student Health Care Center will assist in vaccination efforts for seasonal and H1N1 influenza shots. We are expecting the H1N1 vaccine on campus this semester, and a plan is in place to initially vaccinate those considered high risk or who have direct patient-contact. As more doses become available, high volume vaccination initiatives will likely occur.
A Web site, www.ehs.ufl.edu/H1N1/, will serve as the primary communication tool for university efforts this flu season — including frequently asked questions and self-care guidelines. If you have questions or want to discuss your symptoms, contact your health care provider.
The fall is always a busy and exciting time as we face new challenges, but if we work together we can meet these challenges head-on and charge forward to a successful and healthy spring!
Phillip L. Barkley, M.D.
Director, UF Student Health Care Center
Clinical Associate Professor, Community Health & Family Medicine