In striving to provide a disaster-resistant university community, Division of Crisis Management & Preparedness (CMP) wishes to spearhead efforts in addressing seasonal influenza concerns across the University. CMP is currently working with state and local emergency response and public health agencies to monitor and address illness-specific concerns as they relate to our organization. CMP, focused on providing a disaster-resistant community for our students, staff, faculty, and visitors, does not currently see a need to escalate otherwise normal preventative efforts at UK.
How Influenza Spreads
Quite simply, the influenza is a serious, infectious, viral respiratory disease. Cases of influenza occur all year round, but most cases occur during December through April.
The virus spreads from the nose and throat of infected persons by droplet secretions to the nose and throat of other people. If susceptible, those people can also become infected and develop symptoms of illness. An adult can spread influenza anytime from 24 hours before, up to 5 days after showing symptoms; children may be able to transmit the virus to others for as long as seven or more days after showing symptoms.
Prevention at UK
UK faculty, staff, students and visitors are asked to do their part to prevent spreading the flu by adhering to good health habits. Please follow these CDC recommendations:
For Campus Executives
In an effort to reduce the impact that this year’s flu season has on the University’s operations, the Division of Crisis Management & Preparedness is requesting that department heads report instances of abnormal staffing, of which affects or is expected to affect operations, to CMP@uky.edu.
For more information, please visit:
Federal Government Information - www.flu.gov
The CDC Flu Site - www.cdc.gov/flu/
Weekly Summary - www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/summary.htm
Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services - http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/epi/Influenza.htm