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Information about the 2009 H1N1 Flu

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This Web site is designed to answer all your questions about East Carolina University's proactive response to the 2009 H1N1 flu Virus. If you have any questions, please contact:

Student Health Service
Division of Academic and Student Affairs
East Carolina University 252.328.6841

A Parent’s Perspective on the H1N1 Pandemic

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I am a staff physician at the Student Health Service at East Carolina University, but I also have two of my sons attending school here, so I have a special perspective on the H1N1 pandemic.  First of all, we have been fortunate in that, so far, this virus seems to be a lot weaker than expected. People are usually less sick than they would be with the common seasonal flu.

However, viruses can mutate and it would be prudent to be prepared for a more serious outcome. I am very pleased to be one of the many people here involved in the integrated, campus-wide plan to deal with such a possibility. This plan is also closely coordinated with the Pitt County and State health departments, following the guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and the North Carolina Department of Public Health. It encompasses all the various aspects of handling a pandemic from how to deal with class absences to how to provide H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available. And the plan is constantly updated as new information is received.

So, let’s hope this pandemic continues to be mild. But even if it isn’t, I feel completely comfortable that every effort has been made to be prepared for such a possibility. It is another recognition that the health and safety of all of our children are top priorities at East Carolina University.

Dr. Leo Waivers
ECU Student Health Service