(Aug. 24, 2009) Because the H1N1 flu presents a risk for students, faculty, staff and visitors, university leadership is aggressively exploring options for ensuring best practices to manage this public health threat.
All students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to understand the symptoms for this illness and to take personal actions as recommended by health agencies such as the
Colorado Department of Public Health (also see CDC Guidance for Higher Ed) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). That includes covering your cough,thoroughly washing hands and staying home if you are sick. Other helpful advice is available in the
"Toolkit for Institutions of Higher Education."
The CDC does not recommend that universities cancel large-scale events or quarantine students or any individuals who may be infected as an H1N1 containment strategy. At this time, UC Denver is not canceling any classes or special events. The university is communicating to students and faculty and staff through a variety of methods on how to take important precautions against the virus and how to self-treat if someone has symptoms of an influenza virus.
Populations considered at increased risk of H1N1 include pregnant women, individuals with suppressed immune systems such as those undergoing chemotherapy, people with diabetes or other complicating medical conditions, and small children.