UC Santa Cruz has prepared this page in an effort to keep members of the campus community informed about the H1N1 flu. Please review the information presented here, including the precautions you can take that are recommended by public health officers and information you can use if you get the flu.
UCSC's flu hotline:
The Cowell Health Center is providing information on a Student Influenza Advice Line at (831) 459-2591.
County's flu hotline:
The Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency has established a General Information Hotline at (831) 454-4343 for questions relating to various strains of flu.
These general safety precautions are recommended by the California Department of Public Health.
Monitoring cases of flu:
UCSC staff began tracking the number of cases of flu - either seasonal or H1N1 - this past July. The information, compiled weekly, is shared with public health officials in Santa Cruz County and emergency preparedness staff in UC's Office of the President.
UCSC staff work to reduce risk:
UCSC staff are working on a number of fronts to reduce the risk of a swine flu outbreak on campus and minimize the spread if such an outbreak occurs.
UC systemwide information:
UC Office of the President's Emergency Operations web site includes information for managers and supervisors and guidance concerning the operation of residence halls and childcare facilities.
News & Announcements:
January 14, 2010: UCSC's Health Center is providing a clinic on January 22 for students, staff, and faculty wanting H1N1 and/or seasonal influenza vaccines.
January 7, 2010: UCSC's Health Center is reminding students, staff, and faculty about a clinic on January 8 providing H1N1 influenza vaccines. The clinic will also offer seasonal flu vaccines on a walk-in basis.
January 5, 2010: UCSC's Health Center is reminding students, staff, and faculty about a clinic on January 8 providing H1N1 influenza vaccines.
December 16, 2009: UCSC's Health Center is providing a clinic on January 8 for students, staff, and faculty wanting H1N1 influenza vaccines.
December 4, 2009: UCSC's Health Center is providing a walk-in clinic today staff, faculty, and students wanting seasonal influenza vaccines.
December 3, 2009: The Santa Cruz County Health Department will hold an additional walk-in clinic for H1N1 influenza vaccination, on Wednesday, December 9.
December 2, 2009: UCSC's Health Center is providing a clinic on December 4 for staff, faculty, and students wanting seasonal influenza vaccines. A very small quantity of the H1N1 vaccine will be administered only to students.
November 19, 2009: In a message to students, UCSC's Health Center says an additional campus H1N1-vaccine clinic has been scheduled for students during the afternoon of November 20.
November 6, 2009: H1N1 clinics on campus during the past two weeks administered 1,800 vaccines to students, UCSC's Health Center reports.
November 2, 2009: In a message to students, UCSC's Health Center says an additional campus H1N1-vaccine clinic has been scheduled for students.
October 27, 2009: In a message to students, UCSC's Health Center says there are still spaces available at two campus H1N1-vaccine clinics for students.
October 23, 2009: In a message to students , UCSC's Health Center says the campus will be providing H1N1 vaccines to students, by reservation only during the week of October 26.
October 15, 2009: In a two-week-long awareness activity, UCSC's Public Health Student Alliance has been working in Quarry Plaza daily, providing information about flu prevention and treatment, Dining Services' "Buddy Program," and Health Center informational materials. The PHSA has also been posting informational flyers at campus bus stops, on bulletin boards, and in residential halls.
October 15, 2009: The Santa Cruz County Health Department announced today that the H1N1 nasal spray vaccine will be available free of charge at two public health clinics locally during the week of October 19.
October 15, 2009: Because the campus received fewer doses than expected of seasonal flu vaccines, the Health Center is unable to continue giving those shots to students, faculty, and staff. The announcement provides information on where those vaccines are still being administered off campus.
October 11, 2009: An informational box, providing students with easy access to flu advice and messages, has been published on the Student Portal web site.
October 9, 2009: Two Public Service Announcements-one promoting information on this web site and another promoting the Student Health Center's flu advice phone line-are airing on campus-based KZSC Radio.
October 8, 2009: In a message to UCSC students, Health Center Medical Director Drew Malloy reviews precautions people can take to reduce the risk of getting the flu and advice students should follow if they do become ill. The message was also shared with UCSC faculty and staff.
September 29, 2009: In a message to managers and supervisors, UCSC HR officers provide guidance on how to work with employees to meet the campus's obligation to provide a safe workplace.
September 23, 2009: In a message to undergraduate students, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education Bill Ladusaw shares advice on how to work with instructors should the students become ill during the term and need to miss some class time.
September 23, 2009: In a message to academic advisers, Stacey Sketo-Rosener, coordinator of academic advising, shares information on H1N1 flu and class absences.
September 21, 2009: In a message sent to academic deans and college provosts, Vice Provost Bill Ladusaw provides guidelines for use when students and/or faculty become ill.
September 17, 2009: UCSC's Health Center is providing updated H1N1 information and flu self-care guidelines to all students moving into university housing. In addition, housing staff are posting "Cover Your Cough" posters in student-housing venues.
August 21, 2009: UCSC's Health Center has posted a new Health Alert concerning the H1N1 virus.