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if you have symptoms

  • Any member of the campus community experiencing flu-like symptoms should stay home and see their primary health care provider . EMU’s Health Center office hours are 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday – Friday during the academic year.

Fall 2009 Resources and Preparation for H1N1 Flu

Update from Ken L. Nafziger, Ph.D., chair of crisis management preparedness team, vice president for student life
-posted Aug. 28, 2009

H1N1 flu is expected to spread more widely this fall than it did in the spring when it reached worldwide pandemic levels. Therefore, we are taking steps to prevent the spread of flu at EMU for as long as possible, but we need your help to accomplish this.

We are working closely with the Rockingham County health department to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take concerning our institution. We will keep you updated here www.emu.edu/studentlife/health with information as it becomes available to us.

How you can help

For now, we are doing everything we can to keep EMU operating as usual. A few things you can do:

  • Practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective.
  • Practice respiratory etiquette. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. A fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if the person feels very warm, has a flushed appearance, or is sweating or shivering.
  • Stay home (or keep your student home) if you/they have flu or flu-like illness. Remain home for at least 24 hours after you/they no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). ** Don’t go to class or work.
  • Talk with your health care providers about whether you should be vaccinated for seasonal flu. Also if you are at higher risk for flu complications from 2009 H1N1 flu, you should consider getting the H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available. People at higher risk for 2009 H1N1 flu complications include pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, heart disease, or diabetes). For more information about priority groups for vaccination, visit www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/acip.htm.

Additional steps to prevent H1N1

If this year’s flu season becomes more severe, we may take the following additional steps to prevent the spread of the virus:

  • Allow students, faculty, and staff at higher risk for complications to stay home. These students, faculty, and staff should make this decision in consultation with their health care provider.
  • Find ways to increase social distances (the space between people) in classrooms such as moving desks farther apart, leaving empty seats between students, holding outdoor classes, and using distance learning methods. **
  • Extend the time sick students, faculty, or staff stay home or in their residence. During severe flu conditions sick people should stay home for at least 24 hours after fever has resolved without using fever reducing medication, even if they feel better sooner. Those who are still sick after 7 days should continue to stay home until at least 24 hours after symptoms have gone away. Symptoms of flu include fever or chills and cough or sore throat. In addition, symptoms of flu can include runny nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, diarrhea, or vomiting.
  • Declare a recess from classes. This decision will be made by President Loren Swartzendruber and the Board of Trustees in consultation with local and state public health officials. The length of time classes would be suspended will depend on the goal of suspending classes as well as the severity and extent of illness.

Cross-cultural programs

Students participating in cross-cultural programs will receive current information about the H1N1 flu from their cross-cultural leaders. Health care is addressed as part of orientation activities. As the university maintains regular communication with all cross-cultural groups, students will be advised of current conditions on the EMU campus as well as updates in the host communities. Visit www.cdc.gov/travel for health information for students studying abroad.

Additional information

For the most up-to-date information on flu, visit www.flu.gov , or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636). You may also follow news about the outbreak on the World Health Organization website.

We will notify you of any additional changes to our institution’s strategy to prevent the spread of flu on our campus. Review EMU’s crisis communication plan.