Dear San Diego Christian College Community,
In light of the rising concerns with the H1N1 virus, San Diego Christian College’s Health and Human Resources departments wish to provide you with the following information. Our intention is create awareness amongst, students, faculty and staff and to effectively provide a plan to best deal with the HINI or other Flu viruses.
The California Department of Health has set up a webpage dedicated to answering questions about the swine flu in California. For more information from the California Department of Health, regarding the H1N1 virus, please visit their website.
As of today, there are no confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus on campus. We are working closely with the San Diego Health Department to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take concerning the college.
In an effort to keep everyone as healthy as possible, we are asking students, faculty and staff to take the following steps:
Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. Hand sanitizers have been installed in various locations around the campus and anti-microbial/antiseptic hand soap is being installed in all dorm hall restrooms and in the commuter lounge. Hand sanitizers have been placed in the following locations:
Outside the Student Life Office
Main Lounge / Mail Room area
The Nest Lounge
Residence Halls (one per floor)
Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth as this spreads germs.
Avoid contact with people who are ill, especially if they have a fever and cough.
Clean your room regularly by wiping down frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, handrails, desks, tables, keyboards, phones, chairs and counters.
Contact Health Services or Student Life if you have flu like symptoms. They will provide you with a flu kit and aid you in finding the best medical care. If a medical professional determines that a student has the H1N1 virus, and if the student is not admitted to the hospital, the college requests that the student return home for the duration of their illness.
Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. A fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: a person who feels very warm, has a flushed appearance, or is sweating and shivering.
Talk to your health care provider to determine if you should be vaccinated for seasonal flu and for H1N1. If you are at a higher risk for flu complications, you should consider getting both the seasonal flu vaccine and the HINI vaccine when it becomes available. People at higher risk for 2009 H1N1 flu complications include pregnant women and those with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes.
We are encouraging students; faculty and staff to take personal responsibility for helping to slow the spread of flu should anyone become ill. Their actions will not only keep them healthy, but protect others as well. We appreciate your support in these efforts.
Please visit the Health page of the SDCC website for the most recent updates and news concerning medical issues at the college.
We will notify you by email or through the SDCC website of any additional changes to our strategy to prevent the spread of the flu on our campus. Additional information about H1N1 is attached for your convenience.
Other important contact information:
Health Services – 619-590-1217
Student Development Office – 619-590-1782
For any other questions or concerns, please contact Mary James, Director of Administration and Finance at 619-590-1745.