With concerns rising over reports of swine flu, Shoreline Community College is choosing to do what it does best: educate.
“This appears to be a rapidly changing situation without a clear path,” Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert said Monday, April 27, 2009. “What we can do at this point is keep our students and employees informed and updated as this situation unfolds.”
Lambert noted that as of Monday, there were no reported cases of swine flu in the state, according to the Washington state Department of Health Director Mary Selecky. As a precaution and result of the U.S. state-of-emergency declaration, Washington will receive 200,000 doses of medication from the national stockpile, Selecky told media outlets this past weekend.
“If the situation changes and requires further action by the college, we’ll do that as quickly and appropriately as possible,” Lambert said.
Lambert asked that an information sheet on swine flu prepared by the state Department of Health be distributed to students and employees via e-mail and Web.
Here is that information:
The Washington state Department of Health is in close contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding swine influenza in parts of the United States, Canada and Mexico. The department is working closely with local health agencies around the state to monitor cases of pneumonia and influenza to see if they’re due to this new infection. Health care providers and laboratories in Washington have been asked to watch for influenza, especially in people who traveled to Mexico or other affected areas.
What is swine flu?
Can people catch this new swine flu from eating pork?
Current status of outbreak
What can people do to avoid getting sick?
Are there medicines to treat swine flu?
· People can call the Centers for Disease Control hotline at 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636).