Nothing could be
when many stu-
dents, faculty and
staff will have been
in some way af-
fected by this year's
flu virus. Various Phillip Barkley
departments within the university,
along with the Alachua County Health
Department, are working together to
ensure campus safety in response to this
year's H1N1 influenza illness.
The Student Health Care Center will
assist in vaccination efforts for seasonal
and H1N1 influenza shots. We are
expecting the H1N1 vaccine on campus
this semester, and a plan is in place to
initially vaccinate those considered high
risk or who have direct patient-contact.
As more doses become available, high
volume vaccination initiatives will likely
A Web site, http://www.ehs.ufl.edul
H1N1/, will serve as the primary com-
munication tool for university efforts
this flu season including frequently
asked questions and self-care guidelines.
If you have questions or want to discuss
your symptoms, contact your health
The fall is always a busy and exciting
time as we face new challenges, but if we
work together we can meet these chal-
lenges head-on and charge forward to a
successful and healthy spring!
Phillip L. Barkley, M.D.
Director, UF Student Health Care Center
ClinicalAssociate Professor, Community
Health & Family Medicine
Homecoming offers fun for all
University of Florida Homecoming
events are sure to have something for every-
one.This year's activities, which have already
begun, include the events listed below.
At 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 16, Gator
Gallop will take place. Gator Gallop is a
two-mile run that immediately precedes
the Homecoming Parade and serves as its
official escort. At noon on Oct. 16, the
UF Homecoming Parade will march down
Beginning at 7 p.m. on Oct. 16 at Ben
Hill Griffin Stadium, Gator Growl will
feature student-produced skits, UF athletes,
comedian Dana Carvey, the JabbaWock-
eeZ dance group, musical group O.A.R.
and more. Preferential seating and a
discounted ticket price of $15 is offered
to faculty and staff this year. Student
tickets are $15 and general admission
is $25. For more information, visit
Two hours before the Arkansas
football kick-off on Oct. 17, the BBQ
and Carnival will offer classic carnival-
style games, food and prizes.
For more details on Homecoming
events, visit http://www.ufhomecoming.
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The flu's gone to the dogs
Apparently pigs are not the only mammal kind enough to share their flu
with others. Horses now have passed their own flu version, equine influenza, to man's best friend.
The resulting canine influenza virus (CIV) is a new respiratory pathogen in dogs. This is another
instance of mammal-to-mammal transmission of influenza-A viruses, which was previously thought
to occur only between pigs and people.
Cynda Crawford, D.V.M., Maddie's assistant professor of Shelter Medicine at the University of
Florida, is co-discoverer of the canine influenza virus. Crawford led a group of collaborators from
UF, Cornell University, and the Centers for Disease Control in the first identification of the virus as a
cause of respiratory infections in racing greyhounds in 2004. Subsequent determinations found that
the virus was infecting dogs of all ages and breeds throughout the U.S.
The transfer and adaptation of the flu from one mammal host to another is a rare event. Although
uncommon, jumping species is a trademark of the influenza virus, Crawford said.
Fortunately for dogs and their owners, a canine flu vaccine was released over the summer and is
available nationwide. The UF College of Veterinary Medicine worked with pharmaceutical developer
Intervet/Schering-Plough on a consultant basis to create the vaccine.
So far 30 states and the District of Columbia have reported cases of canine influenza, with the
virus most prevalent in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Colorado and South Florida. Recent
outbreaks have occurred in northern Virginia, Connecticut and Atlanta.
Canine influenza is a community-acquired infection, so dogs housed in boarding kennels and
shelters are most at risk. The vaccine is intended for these at-risk dogs, dogs that belong to health-
care providers and kennel staff, and dogs that travel to areas of the country where the virus is more
By Allison Simpson
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Academic & Professional Assembly (APA) session with guest
speaker President Bernie Machen, 4 p.m., Smathers Library East,
Room 1A. Free and open to the public.
S GOct. 17
Gator football vs. Arkansas, time TBA. Ben
11 W\ Hill Griffin Stadium.
Career Resource Center presents
Graduate and Professional Schools
Information Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Reitz
Union Grand Ballroom.
Healthy Gators 2010 encourages
faculty, staff and students to participate
ts lunch-hour walking program, Walking
*s, nowthrough Dec. 14.
Harn Museum of Art presents Weekend Tours, every
Saturday at 11 a.m. Free and open to the public.
This is a sampling of events from the electronic UF calendar.
For more event details, or to submit an event to the calendar,
J- click"UF Calendar" at www.insideuf.ufl.edu.
Produced by the
University Relations Office
for faculty, staff and students
Editor Susan Stewart
October 13, 2009
Disney Institute, UF offer workshops
The UF Leadership Development Institute and Disney Institute are
offering three upcoming one-day workshops where business leaders can
learn the keys to Disney's exceptional customer service. For more infor-
mation, contact Chris Cupoli, firstname.lastname@example.org, 352-392-8660.
Deadline for nominations is Oct. 30
The Superior Accomplishment Awards program recognizes staff
members who contribute outstanding and meritorious service, ef-
ficiency and/or economy, or to the quality of life provided to students
and employees. The deadline for nominations is Oct. 30. For more
information, visit http://www.hr.ufl.edu/awards/saal.
Flu information now available
For more information on H1N1 flu, visit Environmental Health &
Safety's Web site, http://www.ehs.ufl.edu/H 1N1.
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