It was reported yesterday that 55% of colleges campuses have reported H1N1 flu cases, with many campuses reporting outbreaks that range from a handful to hundreds of cases on a single campus. The attack rate in Mississippi is 43 in 10,000 students among colleges and universities..
We have developed a campus wide plan to respond to this flu. The details of the plan are below.
The significant policy shift included in the plan is that we have adjusted the attendance requirement for those who catch the flu…
STUDENTS with the flu will be given excused absences for class, which will not count toward their accumulated absences.
EMPLOYEES with the flu will not count their missed work days against their annual sick days.
The bottom line is that if you are sick with this flu it is important that you are not around others on campus – we love you, but we don’t want you to give it to others, so resident students need to be isolated, commuting students need to stay home, and employees should not come to work.
Belhaven College Pandemic Influenza H1N1 Plan
- To preserve the health of the campus community and the safety of the campus environment in the event of a pandemic.
- To prevent the emergence of an infectious cluster on our campus
- To control the spread of an infection on campus if it emerges at Belhaven College.
1. Create a Culture of Cleanliness
- Signs: Signs promoting cleanliness have been placed in residence halls and around campus.
- Brochures: Every resident student, faculty, and staff member has received a brochure that promotes fighting the flu and specifically the H1N1. Extra copies are available in the health center and the office of student life.
- Resident Directors & Resident Assistants will hold mandatory hall meetings to teach H1N1 prevention.
- Hand Sanitizer Stations: We have added hand sanitizer units at several locations on campus, including all high traffic areas.
2. Promote Seasonal Flu Vaccine
- The seasonal flu vaccine will be available at a discounted price for all students, employees, and employee families.
- On September 17th – 18th (Thursday & Friday) from 1 – 4p and September 24th and 25th 1 – 4p (Thursday & Friday) students, employee and families will be able to receive a flu shot at a discounted rate of $10. Extra staff from UMC will be available during these two days to assist with administering the shots.
- Flu Shots will be available at any other time that the health center is open (M, Tu, Th, F: 1 – 4p) at the normal price of $15.
- This flu shot is for “the regular flu” and not H1N1 since a vaccine for it has not yet been released.
- The H1N1 vaccine that is expected to come out in late October and will be made available to the campus as soon as possible.
- If student exhibits flu like symptoms the health center staff can administer a flu test at a cost of $15. The health center staff will monitor who needs tests (symptoms: 100.5 temperature, nausea, body aching, etc).
- The test results will be able to detect whether a patient has the flu virus. If the test is positive the health center will notify the office of student life and the student will be required to go into isolation.
- Students that live locally or their parents/legal guardian are able to pick up will be required to go home.
- If students are not able to go home Belhaven will provide housing on campus and the director of food services will arrange meals to be delivered with the assistance of student life staff. Females: Isolated Gillespie wing. Males: Alumni House
- Students must stay in isolation until 24 hours past fever breaking and must have written note from doctor stating that they are no longer contagious before they come back on campus.
- Excused Absences: Students will have excused absences with doctor or Belhaven health clinic confirmation of H1N1 virus.
Faculty & Staff:
- Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to not only live out the “culture of cleanliness” but encourage our students to do the same.
- Faculty and staff, as well as their families are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the flu shot promotion times at the discounted rate of $10 on the special days, or $15 at other times.
2. Testing and Isolation
- If faculty or staff member exhibits flu like symptoms the health center staff can administer a flu test at a cost of $15.
- If faculty or staff test positive for the flu they will be required to stay at home but that absence will not be counted as part of their annual sick days.