August 26, 2009

Dear Family:

The H1N1 virus—sometimes called the swine flu—continues to spread across the United States and has reached the World Health Organization’s designation as a pandemic.

The Centers for Disease Control, the Coconino County Health Department and Northern Arizona University are anticipating a high volume of flu cases when our students return for the fall semester.

As a residential campus, Northern Arizona University is committed to all aspects of student life, including <FName>’s health and well-being. I want to assure you that the university has already begun planning for a potential flu outbreak on campus.

We have created a campus-wide informational campaign to inform students of how to avoid catching or spreading the flu, and we have information on what to do if <FName> does get sick.

It is impossible to say exactly how the pandemic will affect campus. All of our decisions will be based upon the severity of the virus and the numbers of ill individuals and will be made in consultation with county health officials.

You will receive a follow-up letter from campus health officials who will explain the symptoms and treatments for H1N1. In the meantime, visit nau.edu/flu to learn more and receive updates.

Thank you for your assistance. I look forward to another successful academic year.

Sincerely,

John D. Haeger
President

P.S. Please encourage <FName> to look for and follow the flu prevention guidelines as communicated from campus.