Systemwide Risk Management

Pandemic Flu Information

No organization will be immune from the effects of a global pandemic. Every crisis contains two elements: risk and opportunity. The risks associated with pandemics are: an unpredictable timeline for when the event will occur; an indeterminate duration should the event occur; human suffering; disruption of normal life and business activities; disruption of transportation and other public services. The opportunities we are presented with are: planning and responding in a caring, compassionate and prudent manner; reducing the spread and continued transmission of the disease and delivering essential services to allow the CSU to continue in its important and vital mission. After the H1N1 Flu experience, the resources below still apply to potential new pandemic situations.


On August 10, 2010 , the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the world is now moving into the post-pandemic period. The H1N1 (2009) virus is expected to continue to circulate as a seasonal virus for some years to come. WHO recommends that health officials continue to monitor for severe or unusual cases. Early recognition and appropriate treatment of such cases remains important.

On October 7, 2009, new resources became available on the federal government's flu website, In addition, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued guidance for Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which identifies established ADA principles relevant to workplace pandemic planning.

On August 20 , 2009, CDC provided Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education During the 2009 - 2010 Academic Year. This guidance is intended to help decrease the spread of flu among students, faculty, and staff.

Current state information is available on California Department of Public Health. Current international information is available on the World Health Organization (WHO).


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Rebecca Skidmore
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Last update: May 19, 2014