As part of its ongoing efforts to plan for, monitor and respond
to H1N1 influenza, Grossmont College continues to monitor flu
reports, including student/employee absences and suspected cases,
through our supervisors and our Health Services Office. We are
continuing to keep a vigilant eye on our college community to
minimize the risk and implement various options in the event of
confirmed cases. Among recent activities: hand sanitizers have been
set up in public areas across campus; preventive information has
been made available through e-mail and the college website; and
coordination is continuing with the County Health Office. The
Academic Senate has been central to planning continuation of class
operations, grade transmission and other aspects of college recovery
in the unlikely event of a pandemic closure.
GC has ordered and is expecting to receive an adequate number of
doses of H1N1 vaccine very soon. Still unknown at this time is when
the H1N1 vaccine will be available to Health Services at Grossmont
College. Soon after we have the vaccine on hand we are planning to
make the vaccine widely available to students, faculty, staff and
administrators. So, we expect there will be opportunities on campus
to get individuals in our campus community vaccinated. Please be
assured that we are monitoring the ever-changing landscape of the
H1N1 approach and are utilizing planning and resource information
provided by the San Diego Department of Public Health and the
Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Meanwhile, if you have symptoms of high fever, cough, aches,
nausea and dizziness, stay home until you are no longer contagious.
Please stay away from others during your period of illness and do
not return to school until your fever is gone (without fever
reducing drugs) for at least 24 hours. Practice good
hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and water and cover your
cough. To prevent illness, stay away from others
who are sick.
To know more about what to do about the flu, visit www.flu.gov.
If you have questions or concerns, please call or visit Student
Health Services on campus. For more information, visit the college
website at www.grossmont.edu, or
call 668-1718 (the Grossmont Health Services Information Line) or
the County Office of Public Health at www.sdcounty.ca.gov,
or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at www.cdc.gov/flu.
the Flu Information Fact Sheet for employees.