Message to students and staff:
From: The Campus Emergency Team
The H1N1 Influenza A is still active in the United States and has been shown to disproportionately affect school age children and young adults. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) continues to see higher reports of influenza-like illness throughout the state than normal for this time of year. For persons with underlying health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease, the illness can be more serious. Pregnant women are also at risk for more serious illness.
Early in the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus outbreak, the VDH tested patients for the H1N1 virus to determine if the new virus was present in the state and how widespread infection was among Virginia’s local communities. Since the H1N1 virus has now been identified in all regions of Virginia, there is no longer a need to routinely test for the virus.
Virginia Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Karen Remly has advised Virginians to prepare for the possibility of increased flu activity as students return to classes this fall. With that in mind, here is additional important information for PHCC students & parents:
Additionally, here are general guidelines to help prevent the spread of influenza:
We are monitoring the development of the Novel H1N1 flu vaccine and have ongoing communication with the West Piedmont Health District of the Virginia Department of Health. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices now recommends that all people age 6 months -24 years receive the novel H1N1 flu vaccine as part of their voluntary vaccination effort.
For additional information and resources, visit the following web sites:http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/news/PressReleases/2009/