Information Regarding H1N1 and JBU

CDC Guidance for Responses to Influenza

STEPS TO TAKE IF YOU BECOME ILL The Director of Health Services, Robert Walker, has prepared a helpful sheet to help you know what to do if you experience flu-like symptoms.
Download it here (PDF).

Q: What is JBU doing about the spread of H1N1?

JBU is doing a variety of things to encourage healthy behavior on campus. Students, faculty and staff are being reminded the importance of respiratory etiquette, proper hand washing and staying home if illness has occurred.  Plans are in place for isolation if a case of H1N1 is discovered on campus.  Hand sanitizers have been purchased for areas of campus that are not feasible for frequent hand washing (computer labs, lobbies, etc.).  In addition, JBU officials have communicated directly with the local medical community and our local and state health agencies.

Q: Where can I find the latest information concerning the H1N1 virus?

Is addition to following the CDC and WHO updates, a team of JBU officials are working closely with the Arkansas Department of Health and area doctors to keep up-to-date on the affect of H1N1 on our region. http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/ and http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/

Q: Which students and staff are at higher risk for complications from the flu?

Anyone can get the flu (even healthy people), and serious problems from the flu can happen at any age. The latest list from the CDC has identified college students as being in the high risk category.

Q: Will vaccine be available on campus:

H1N1 vaccine availability will be announced as soon as we have additional information.  There will be at least 2 on-campus opportunities to take seasonal flu vaccine.  It will also be available at doctor's offices and Benton Co Health Annex.

Q: What steps will JBU take in the event of an outbreak?

JBU officials are monitoring the CDC and other public health agencies for up-to-date information on how outbreaks should be handled. At this time, the recommendation is to isolate the ill person in their primary residence and relocate roommates to other areas during the contagious periods.  It is not recommended that ill students be sent off-campus because of possible spread of the illness.

Q: What should I do if I start to feel sick and how long should I stay away from others?

Students, faculty or staff who have an influenza like illness should immediately self-isolate (i.e., stay away from others) in their dorm room or home and for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone except* to get medical care or for other necessities (their fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine). They should keep away from others as much as possible. This is to keep from making others sick.

*If persons with influenza like illness must leave their home or dorm room (for example, to seek medical care or other necessities) they should cover their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. A surgical loose-fitting mask can be helpful.  Thermometers and masks are available through residence life and health services.