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Tips for Flu Prevention

From the Co-Chairs, Emerging Disease Planning Work Group, Richard Clover, MD, Dean, School of Public Health & Information Sciences, and Larry Owsley, Vice President of Business Affairs

During the summer, the 2009 H1N1 virus continued to spread globally and some local schools are already reporting cases of flu-like illnesses. It is only a matter of time before we see a growth in cases of 2009 H1N1 and the seasonal flu at UofL.

The 2009 H1N1 virus is of particular concern for us because people in their teens and early 20s are among the target groups for this virus. To stay informed as we move into the flu season, be sure to make frequent visits to our flu website

Vaccines for the seasonal flu are expected to be available at UofL by the end of September. UofL provides free seasonal flu vaccines to full time faculty and staff and all students (a nominal fee is charged for part-time faculty, staff, and retirees). The seasonal flu vaccine does not protect against H1N1.

The 2009 H1N1 vaccine is still under development and federal officials say it should be available later this fall. More information about vaccines will be sent out in September.  

Our university is working to minimize the spread of seasonal flu, 2009 H1N1 and other infectious diseases. Hand sanitizing gels are in place in all high traffic areas and campus dining locations. Additionally, sanitizing hand gels are being sent to computer labs. Also, Campus Health Services is distributing thousands of bottles of personal hand sanitizer, along with a seasonal flu and 2009 H1N1 prevention guide, to students. We continue to work closely with national, state and local health officials to provide the campus community with the most up-to-date information and guidelines.

But we need your help. Even our best efforts will fall short without the active participation of the campus community. Here are a few things we ask of everyone:
  • Take time to be informed. Information on both the seasonal flu and 2009 H1N1 virus is dynamic and evolving. We will send out information periodically; it takes only a few minutes to read an email or a news item on our website. It is especially important for students to routinely check their UofL (Groupwise) email.
  • Do your part to control the spread of viruses. Practice frequent hand washing, cough into your sleeve, keep your work area clean, and practice self-isolation if you become ill.
  • Students living in campus housing with flu symptoms who are within reasonable driving distance should return to their homes or stay with a nearby relative or friend to recuperate. It is recommended that students returning to their homes have someone drive them.
Please take a few minutes to read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on our flu website for basic information on what you can do to fight back against the seasonal flu and 2009 H1N1. We also recommend a visit to the CDC website.

ACADEMIC SUCCESS TIP

Using a Long Weekend to Your Advantage:  Tackle your most onerous study task as early as possible this weekend.  That way, it won't hang over you during the long weekend and add to your stress.  Also consider tackling your hardest study tasks when you are most alert.  Your brain will absorb material more easily for greater understanding and retention.  Consequently, you will feel better about your study session and lower your stress.

LAST DAY TO APPLY FOR A DECEMBER 2009 DEGREE

Monday, September 14 - deadline to apply for a December 2009 degree.

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ACADEMIC SUCCESS TIP

Using a Long Weekend to Your Advantage:  Begin the process of outlining.  Research shows that you will understand and remember material better if you do your own work to learn a course.  The process of outlining requires you to wrestle with the topics and sub-topics so that you really know them instead of knowing them generally.  Making your own outlines helps you to have long-term retention of the material rather than merely short-term regurgitation of material for an exam. Use this weekend as your starting point for outlining.  For great tips on outlining, review the article Creating a Course Outline posted at http://www.law.louisville.edu/academics/academic-success.  You are also invited to attend an outlining workshop next Thursday, September 10, in Room 275.

Recreational Reading Selections

In response to the student survey recently conducted by the library, subscriptions have been entered for the following popular magazines:  The Nation, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Vogue, Real Simple, Louisville Magazine, People, Consumer Reports, Mac World, Entertainment Weekly, and Popular Science.  Current issues will be available in the library's Reading Room.  Thanks to all students who participated in the survey.

ACADEMIC SUCCESS TIP

Using a Long Weekend to Your Advantage:  Catch up on your sleep this long weekend.  Remember to get no less than 7 hours of sleep per night every week.  If your body is sleep-deprived from the last two weeks because you have been sleeping less than 7 hours per night, now is the time to re-charge.  Then, make sure you get proper sleep hours for the remainder of the semester.

ACADEMIC SUCCESS TIP

Using a Long Weekend to Your Advantage:  Create a structured study schedule and stick to it!   If you have been “flying by the seat of your pants” on your time management, now is the time to create a schedule and stick to it for the remainder of the semester.  If you follow a study schedule, you will be able to complete your reading and briefing one or two days before class (without rushing through the material), rather than the day of class.   You will also ensure that you are devoting enough time to other study tasks, including reviewing your class notes, outlining, meeting with your study group, working on papers and projects, and completing practice questions.  Perhaps the best part about following a study schedule is that you can have guilt-free time off because you have finished all of your study tasks for the week.  And, your family members, significant others, and friends will know when you will be free.  To create your own study schedule, use the blank time management schedule posted on the Academic Success webpage at http://www.law.louisville.edu/academics/academic-success.  If you need any assistance in completing your schedule, stop by the Academic Success Office (Room 212).

Join the Louisville Law AIDS Walk Team

Founded in 1993, the Louisville AIDS Walk is Kentucky's largest fundraiser for HIV/AIDS. Funds raised at this event ensure that those in need continue to receive the food, medical assistance, housing, counseling, legal assistance, and other support services provided by a diverse group of local non-profit organizations. Sunday, September 13, 1-5 pm is the 17th Annual Louisville AIDS Walk.  Join other students and professors in supporting this great community event. To register, please visit http://louisvilleaidswalk.kintera.org and join the Louisville Law team. For more information, please contact Sandra Moon.

ACADEMIC SUCCESS TIP

Using a Long Weekend to Your Advantage:  Congratulations!  You are beginning your third week of classes.  For those of you who are new to law school, things should be getting into a routine now.  For those of you who are returning to law school, you probably feel like you never left because it is all so familiar.

You now have a long weekend that you can look forward to.  Use this time to improve your future workload as a law student.  Three days can be a blessing for law students who have gotten behind in their reading or who are feeling sleep-deprived.  This week's tips will provide suggestions for getting the most out of this weekend.  Tip 1:  If you are still getting settled in to your apartment, try to finish all of those tasks by the end of the weekend.  Finish unpacking boxes.  Finish organizing your study area.  Finish the final decorating touches.  Starting Tuesday morning you want to make law school your priority.

ACADEMIC SUCCESS TIP

Should I rely on an upper-division student's outline or a commercial outline to prepare for exams?  NO.  Remember that you are not creating an outline to turn in as an assignment or to win any awards.  The outline is another tool from which you can study the law.  The process of you outlining a course dramatically increases your ability to retain the information and to develop a sense of what information you will need to apply to a set of facts on an exam.  In addition, commercial outlines are not always in tune with the material as presented by your professor.  Canned outlines may be helpful to fill in any gaps after you have done the work, but they SHOULD NOT take the place of your own outlines.