As you know, public health officials predict a resurgence of H1N1 flu this fall. As we plan and take steps to prevent the spread of the virus, our commitment to the health of our college community is paramount. At the same time, we remain committed to meeting the educational promises that we have made to our students. To accomplish both will require a community-wide effort.
Keeping this college community healthy is everyone’s responsibility. Each of us must incorporate as habits the recommended strategies for minimizing the spread of the flu.
Public health officials have made available a wealth of information on H1N1, its symptoms, how to reduce your chances of exposure and what to do if you do come down with it. We have provided links to these public health resources on our MCC Health Services web page. Information and advance planning are our best defenses; please be informed and make a plan for yourself and your family.
Finally, I urge you to be patient. If we experience high incidences of illness, MCC’s operations and our people will be stressed. Be patient. Be calm. We share the same goal: to keep ourselves and each other healthy and to support our students’ success. Together we will work through this.
Best wishes for a healthy and academically enriching semester.
Anne M. Kress