- Center for Disease Control Says ‘Take 3’ Steps To Fight The Flu
- News about the outbreak on the World Health Organization website
- EMU’s flu pandemic crisis communication plan
if you have symptoms
- H1N1 symptoms include fever over 100 degrees, chills, body aches, sore throat, cough, runny or stuffy nose, headache, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Anyone experiencing these should stay home or in their dorm and see their primary health care provider. See the symptom chart for more info…
Notify your RD if you are in the residence halls or Laurie Miller if you are a commuter. Graduate students should notify department chairs. If you have a chronic health problem such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, impaired mobility, or immuno-compromising disease please call the EMU Health Center at 432-4317 or come by at walk-in hours from 1-3 p.m. Monday – Friday. During weekend hours please go to Emergicare (432-9996).
Crisis team monitors H1N1 (Swine) flu situation
December 3, 2009
by Margaret Carr Upton MSN, FNP, director of Health Services
We’re pleased to report that we have nearly made it through the fall semester with manageable sickness. The EMU community is to be commended for taking precautions – washing hands, covering coughs, etc. — which helped to keep spread of the flu to a minimum. Students with Influenza Like Illness who live locally have been going home as requested when sick; those unable to go home have stayed isolated in rooms in Roselawn residence hall. Some 450 students, faculty and staff received H1N1 vaccination at our flu clinics this fall. If you have not been vaccinated for H1N1 we encourage you to do so prior to spring semester as the possibility of a resurgence of H1N1 may occur. We will announce any further vaccination opportunities as they come available.
October 15, 2009
The student life division mailed a letter update to all parents of EMU undergraduate students detailing preventative measures being taken on campus, policies for students exhibiting influenza-like symptons, and the benefits of a pneumococcal vaccine as well as the influenza vaccine for students with underlying health conditions like asthma. Center for Disease Control Says ‘Take 3’ Steps To Fight The Flu
October 9, 2009
by Margaret Carr Upton MSN, FNP, director of Health Services
The EMU Crisis Management Preparedness Team (CMPT) asked me to update everyone on the current status of H1N1 influenza. To date we have had fewer than 20 cases of influenza-like-illness reported on campus. Influenza is very present in Harrisonburg as local schools are experiencing higher levels of absenteesim related to influenza, as well as being widespread across Virginia and 36 other states.
I attribute our low rates to be a result of everyone on campus participating in preventative measures such as covering your cough, washing hands frequently and staying home when experiencing influenza symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat, chills, headache, fatigue and possibly vomiting and diarrhea. I would encourage you to continue these measures as we have more visitors and visiting athletes for homecoming this weekend on campus.
If you do experience influenza-like-illness please complete the influenza reporting form located on the portal page or www.emu.edu/studentlife/health/ili/ and remember to report again when you return to classes or work. If you or a visitor become ill over the weekend, please remember that the RMH Flu Care Clinic located in the Kroger shopping center is open from 6-11 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 3-11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
As you have hopefully noticed many public areas on campus like the computer labs, chapel greeters, cafeteria, and office suites have been equipped with waterless hand sanitizers. I hope you will continue to use them frequently.
The best prevention against influenza is vaccination. Free vaccination for H1N1 should be available later this month for all students, faculty and staff. Dates and times will be announced as soon as supplies are available. We have ordered both nasal mist and injectable vaccine. The clinical trials have demonstrated that the vaccine is as safe as seasonal influenza vaccination.
September 4, 2009
From Ken L. Nafziger, vice president for student life and chair of EMU’s Crisis Management Preparedness Team
Based on reports from national and local media of influenza-like illness spreading regionally and in our local area early this year, EMU is immediately implementing preventative strategies to minimize the spread of H1N1 and seasonal flu. As noted in today’s Daily News-Record , EMU has had at least one case in our Health Center with influenza-like illness although it has not been confirmed as H1N1 flu.
According to American College Health Association guidelines, we recommended that the person go home to be cared for until at least 24 hours after no signs of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.
For those unable to go home in the event of illness, we have the option of using Roselawn for isolation purposes. We will have two halls set aside for potentially ill students. We also have a couple living in Roselawn as Campus Ministry Interns who will visit and provide care for those who are ill, in addition to our director of health services, Margaret Upton, FNP, doing medical rounds.
Beginning today (9/4/09) in chapel, we will implement a no-handshaking rule for greeters and greeting one another. Other culturally acceptable ways of greeting without touch (including smiles!) are encouraged.
We encourage you to review the Center for Disease Control’s top recommendations to prevent the spread of flu
August 28, 2009
In preparation for the 09-10 academic year and the arrival of students on campus, EMU is communicating with students, parents, faculty and staff about steps everyone can take to prevent the spread of flu at EMU and minimize the flu’s possible effects on campus life. Ken L. Nafziger, Ph.D., chair of EMU’s crisis management preparedness team and vice president for student life prepared a statement for distribution. Read full statement
June 15, 2009
From Margaret Upton, FNP, Director of Health Services
On June 11, 2009 the World Health Organization increased the pandemic alert level to phase 6. This means that the spread of H1N1 is on multiple continents and has sustained human-human spread. Fortunately, the virus is of moderate severity and is responding to antiviral medications. There is concern that the virus preferentially infects individuals under 25 years and the most severe and fatal cases have been between ages 30-50 years. To read the entire statement by WHO director Dr. Margaret Chan see: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/influenzaAH1N1_presstranscript_20090611.pdf
According to a statement by U.S. Health and Human Service and Department of Homeland Security the United States will be monitoring of H1N1 virus for changes in the southern hemisphere this summer and preparing for a possible return of H1N1 activity in the fall. See briefing at: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2009pres/06/20090611a.html
Currently, the Health Services department has not seen any suspected cases on our campus. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Also, many individuals have reported diarrhea and vomiting. If you develop symptoms over the summer please contact you local primary care provider.p. As some of our community will be attending Mennonite World Conference in Paraguay in July, I urge all attending to take precautions such as: frequent hand washing, adequate rest, covering your cough, using disposable tissues. CDC guidelines for travelers: http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/pdf/airport_poster_for_print.pdf
If you develop symptoms seek a health care provider for possible anti-viral medications.p. The Health and Human Services requested development for a vaccine for H1N1 in May, which should be available in the fall. On June 12, 2009, Novartis pharmaceutical has reported they have developed a vaccine for H1N1 and will be doing clinical trials in July. The EMU Crisis Management Preparedness Team (CMPT) is working to prepare for the fall semester. EMU Health Services will have vaccine for seasonal flu in the fall and will acquire vaccine for H1N1 virus as available.
May 1, 2009
From Ken L. Nafziger, vice president of student life
Our EMU Emergency Management Team (EMT) has been monitoring the potential threat that the H1N1 flu virus poses for both our on and off-campus educational programs (e.g., Summer Peacebuilding Institute, Intensive English, Bach Festival, and various cross-culturals). It is evident since the WHO has raised the threat level to a 5 that the H1N1 virus is highly transmissible. But based on the well-informed opinion released this afternoon by the Pandemic Advisory Task Force of the Council of Independent Colleges of Virginia, there is not currently evidence that it is highly virulent, meaning that it has not resulted in a significant mortality rate in the US. The same appears true in most other parts of the world outside Mexico. At this time, the CICV task force is not recommending a “recess” from educational endeavors of the CICV institutions.
At this point, all of our EMU programs will continue as planned with added precautions being taken. We will continue to monitor the status of the flu in the US and global locations of our students, faculty, and staff and work to ensure that they have access to appropriate treatment if anyone becomes ill. Any change in this status of our programs will be communicated from the EMT and/or the President. In the meantime, please refer to our website at http://www.emu.edu/crisis/n1h1-flu, where you will find links to further information, including steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of contracting the flu. Also, let’s all continue to embody the Christian-Anabaptist ethic of caring for one another as a community, including showing hospitality to the sick and visitors among us.
April 30, 2009
The EMU Crisis Preparedness Team (chaired by Ken L. Nafziger, VP of student life) met to discuss the implications of the World Health Organization (WHO) decision to raise the H1N1 (swine) flu level to 5 yesterday, April 29.
At this point, no decisions have been made to change planned programming or operations on campus or for scheduled cross-cultural programming.
Updates will be posted on this site as soon as possible if changes in plans are made.
April 29, 2009
Members of the EMU Crisis Preparedness Team (chaired by Ken L. Nafziger, VP of student life) are monitoring the H1N1 (swine) flu situation and its possible impact on university life.
Margaret Upton, health services director, has been regularly monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website ( http://www.cdc.gov/ ). On Tuesday, April 28, several EMU representatives, including President Loren Swartzendruber, took part in a conference call by the Council of Independent Colleges of Virginia, on the topic. A sub-group of the EMU Crisis Preparedness Team, with representatives from across campus, met Wed., April 29.
Prevention and preparation are key.“We don’t want to create alarm, but we do want members of the EMU community to be aware of the situation so people can take preparatory measures,”said Nafziger. These measures include everything from washing hands to limiting unnecessary travel. View a “What you can do to stay healthy” list on the CDC website.
The crisis team will continue to monitor World Health Organization and CDC information, looking to those organizations for guidance and recommendations.You can monitor news about the impact and spread of the disease worldwide on the CDC website ( http://www.cdc.gov/ )., World Health Organization website ( http://www.who.int/en/ ) and any major news outlet.
Any member of the EMU campus community experiencing flu-like symptoms should contact EMU Health Services at (540) 432-4317.