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Flu prevention efforts emphasized in campus news conference

Coach Jim Les receives his seasonal flu shot from lllinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Damon Arnold.

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President Joanne Glasser welcomed lllinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Damon Arnold and public health officials and community representatives from throughout the region to a news conference on campus on September 23 to discuss efforts to control the spread of the H1N1 virus.

"It is our hope that through these efforts and other awareness programs that the spread of the H1N1 flu can be contained. Public information efforts like this today help that cause," said President Glasser.

"Our students -- like all college students -- are particularly susceptible to this virus. This flu is a concern. For that reason, we are being proactive and vigilant. We have a plan and are monitoring our students carefully."

The Bradley plan puts great emphasis on prevention and to assist in delivering that message, men's basketball coach Jim Les along with State Senator David Koehler and Representative Jehan Gordon got their flu shots in front of the media cameras. Dr. Arnold donned latex gloves and did the "honors."

The campus community has been asked to practice the three Cs: clean, cover and contain, a message echoed by Dr. Arnold and Greg Chance, Director of the Peoria City/County Health Department. Mr. Chance added a fourth C to the list as he highlighted the collaborative efforts of health officials throughout the region and state who are working together to address concerns associated with the H1N1 virus.