Many colleges and universities across the United States are already reporting cases of the H1N1 virus on their campuses.
Here at UIS, we are working closely with our health services staff, our deans and administrators, and our emergency planning team, to minimize the impact on our campus. Our director of health services participates in weekly phone conferences with the County and State Departments of Public Health.
Health care is provided to our students whether they are full-time or part-time and whether or not they carry the student health insurance plan.
If a student has a high fever (100+) or asthma or other health risks, we ask them to go to the Campus Health Service located in Building BSB, Room 20. When we suspect a student has an uncomplicated H1N1, we ask them to remain in their room (if it is a single) and to wear a mask when they go into common areas. We provide these students with a flu kit, which contains packets of chicken bouillon, tea, Gatorade, surgical masks and disposable thermometers. The health services staff follows up on these students by phone daily.
As for prevention, hand washing stations/hand sanitizers are available across campus. We have advised students to stay home from class and employees to stay home from work if they have a fever and to do so until their temperature is normal for 24 hours without the use of antipyretics. Pertinent flu information is available on the health services website.
We are encouraging everyone to get the seasonal flu vaccine. Announcements will be made soon regarding the availability of flu shots on our campus.
In my September 16th, 2009 episode of Chancellor’s Chat , a TV show available on the campus cable network and on the UIS website, I spoke with the director of health services concerning H1N1 and other campus health issues.
Please help keep our campus healthy. Wash your hands frequently, and stay home if you have flu-like symptoms.