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Influenza updates and information

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Guidelines for Faculty and Staff

 
UPDATES

January 19, 2010

Last semester nearly 200 SNC students had Influenza-like-illness (ILI), most likely H1N1 influenza.  This semester, we will again follow the policy of having students with ILI who live within 275 miles of campus go home for recuperation.  If students have not already received their H1N1 vaccine, we are encouraging them to do so before returning to campus.  Health and Wellness Services has the H1N1 vaccine and will be able to provide it for $10, which is covered by most insurance.  Your health department at home or in DePere can provide the vaccine at no cost.

Most health authorities predict a third wave of the H1N1 influenza will hit this spring, which again has the potential for many students to become ill and have to leave campus.  The vaccine is the most effective way to reduce the probability of getting this illness and spreading it to others. 

Please follow our updates on the H1N1 influenza and other pertinent issues on this website or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/snchealth

Thank you for contributing to the health and wellness of our college community.

 
1:55 p.m., Friday, December 11, 2009 | return to top

 


H1N1 clinics open to all students, staff and staff spouses

Monday through Friday, December 14-18, Health and Wellness Services will be offering H1N1 vaccines from 8-noon in our clinic located in the lower level of Main Hall. No appointment is necessary. If you are unable to attend during this time, please call our office at extension 3266 to make an appointment. There will be a $10 administrative fee for this vaccine.
 
 
8:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 1, 2009 | return to top


All students are now eligible to receive the H1N1 vaccine. Clinics will be held on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 3 and 4 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Campus Center Fireplace Lounge. No appointment is necessary.
 

11:29 a.m., Monday, November 23, 2009 | return to top


Health and Wellness Services is now offering the H1N1 vaccine to all students 24 and under. Vaccinations will be given in Health and Wellness Services Monday, Nov. 23, from 2-4 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 24, from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

If you have any questions please contact Health and Wellness Services at health@snc.edu.
  

2:50 p.m., Monday,
November 16, 2009 | return to top


SNC Health and Wellness Services has secured H1N1 vaccine and will be giving vaccinations on Wed. Nov. 18, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. in the Union Lounge of the Sensenbrenner Memorial Union.

Who is eligible:

• All students and staff 24 years old and younger who have an underlying  medical condition    
• those who provide care for infants under 6 months of age
• Pregnant women

We hope to have more vaccine by early next week to immunize all those who would want the vaccine. If you have any questions please contact Health and Wellness Services at health@snc.edu.
 

10:00 a.m., Wednesday,
  November 11, 2009 | return to top


H1N1 vaccine recommended for those who have been ill

The CDC (www.cdc.gov) and Wisconsin state health officials (www.pandemic.wi.gov)  recommend that if someone has been sick with influenza-like illness (fever or chills and cough or sore throat), they should still receive the H1N1 vaccine. “There are other viruses that can make people ill as well. So, even if someone has had an illness that’s very similar to influenza, our recommendation would still be to receive the vaccine so that you know that you’re protected from the H1N1 virus,” states Mary Dorn, De Pere City Health Officer. 

If someone has had a laboratory-confirmed-subtyped positive test (takes about 3-5 days to get confirmation), they do not need to receive the H1N1 vaccine.  However, it will not harm them if they do decide to get the vaccine.

For more information and updates, as well as when H1N1 vaccination clinics will be held, visit this web site often. We are anticipating receiving the vaccine sometime in the next 2 weeks. Watch for notices on e-mail, around campus and on this web site. For more information and to determine where H1N1 vaccination clinics will be held in the De Pere area, visit the De Pere Health Dept. web site at www.de-pere.org or call 2-1-1.

2:30 p.m., Friday,  October 30, 2009 | return to top


 

The H1N1 influenza virus has been causing illness all across the country.  Health and Wellness Services has identified about 100 cases of influenza -like- illness (ILI) since the beginning of the semester. As was anticipated, peaks and valleys in the cycle of transmission, which is about 2-5 days from exposure to illness, have been observed. The average length of time students are ill is about 4 days. Our protocol for students living in college housing with ILI has been for students to go home to recuperate and those who have been unable to get home due to distance, we have moved to isolation housing.

In our attempt to provide an accurate surveillance of students who have gone home, we are asking that all students who have not contacted Health and Wellness Services before going home, to please e-mail us to let us know what your symptoms are, how long you have had them and what your campus residence is. Students who have symptoms that appear to be getting better and suddenly relapse with exacerbation of breathing difficulty and or fever are encouraged to seek medical attention to assure that no secondary infection has occurred. Students with asthma should follow the guidelines for care.

Health and Wellness Services is registered with the state of WI to receive H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available. For more information on H1N1 and ILIs, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions web page. We will update this web site when vaccine becomes available with dates and location of the vaccine clinics.
 
    
9:30 a.m., Monday,
  October 12, 2009 | return to top


 

St. Norbert College Health and Wellness Services is preparing for H1N1 immunizations. We have registered with the State of WI to receive vaccine when allocated, presumably by the end of October. In accordance with CDC and the WI Division of Health, the targeted groups in priority order to receive vaccine are:

  1. Health care workers
  2. Students with underlying medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, respiratory conditions, heart disease, etc.
  3. All students < 24 years of age
  4. All faculty and staff < 24 years of age with underlying medical conditions
  5. All individuals who want to receive the immunization

The strategy for implementing this prioritization will include 1-2 immunization clinics per week  for as long as needed to provide the vaccine for those who want it. Watch for information on SNC News and posters around campus.

The American College Health Association (ACHA), of which St. Norbert is a member, has posted the latest weekly data from its Influenza- Like- Illnesses (ILI) Surveillance in Colleges and Universities Project. You can view the national collegiate statistics of (ILI) each week at www.acha.org.

Individuals who think they may have ILI may wish to take the self-assessment questionnaire and follow the recommendations. 

Health and Wellness Service is following the CDC recommendation not to test for the H1N1 virus.

The college’s protocol for isolation of students with ILI is located at the top of this web page and will continue to be available as long as ILI are presenting on campus.

Students and staff with ILI are encouraged to notify Health and Wellness Services via e-mail or by talking with the RA or Hall Director or work supervisor.
 

8:58 a.m., Monday,  September 28, 2009 | return to top



SNC Health and Wellness Services Influenza Self-Assessment tool
The current H1N1 influenza and seasonal flu outbreaks have patients and healthcare providers concerned. Many people want to be checked out; however, current CDC guidelines for patient care during this pandemic demonstrate our understanding that, although very contagious, the flu is essentially self-limiting in healthy people and bringing ill patients into a medical setting runs counter to the public health principle of isolation for communicable diseases. Therefore, we are asking you to take a self-assessment questionnaire to determine the probability of having influenza, and following the college protocol.

This self-assessment instrument has been developed by health care providers and is for general educational purposes only. Always consult your health care provider with questions about your individual condition(s) and/or circumstances.

>>Take the Influenza Self-Assessment
 
 
2:50 p.m., Thursday,
  September 10, 2009 | return to top



Seasonal Influenza Vaccinations (NOT H1N1)
All students, faculty and staff with a chronic underlying medical condition such as asthma, lung disease, diabetes, etc. will have priority eligibility for the first seasonal influenza vaccine clinic:
  • Thursday, September 17, 2009, 4-6 p.m. in Health and Wellness Services; lower level Main Hall

The second seasonal influenza clinic, (pending receipt of full vaccine order) will be open to all students, faculty, staff and spouses on:

  • Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 4-6 p.m. in the Union Lounge

The H1N1 influenza vaccine clinics will be announced when the vaccine is made available to us through the WI Division of Health. Watch for future announcements.

Brown County 2009 Flu Clinic Schedule
 

8:50 p.m., Thursday,  August 24, 2009 | return to top



Letter to students and parents from Barb Bloomer, director of Health and Wellness Services:


Dear St. Norbert College students and parents:

We are looking forward to the 2009-10 academic year. During the summer, Health and Wellness staff members have been collaborating with De Pere Health Department and other departments on campus to develop and refine the plans for our campus in response to the H1N1 flu.

For the 2009-10 academic year:

1. Plan for possible illness. We encourage you to discuss how your family could respond if your student becomes ill with influenza-like illness.
  • For most students, the best place to recuperate will be at home with parents and family.
  • We will ask the ill student to wear a mask and stay in their room until a family member arrives to pick them up.
  • We understand that it may not be possible for all students to go home.

2. If experiencing influenza-like symptoms, students should not attend class, or participate in any campus activity.  An influenza-like illness is defined as a combination of fever with either cough or sore throat; it may also involve extreme fatigue and body aches.
3. We recommend that students bring hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, a thermometer, and over the counter fever reducing medication to campus.
4. For additional information, stay tuned to this web site which will provide updated information.

We appreciate your support of our campus plans, and cooperation with community health protocols being followed by St. Norbert College. 

Sincerely,
Barbara H. Bloomer, PHN, RN

 
8:00 a.m., Friday,  August 28, 2009 | return to top


The regular influenza season is nearly upon us and we have received word that our seasonal vaccine will be somewhat delayed. We have a very limited supply on hand and will start to provide vaccinations for the seasonal influenza to students who have underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease, kidney or liver disease, or other such medical conditions. Students will receive first priority for getting the vaccine and we will try to provide seasonal vaccine to the SNC community as more vaccine becomes available.

Please e-mail Health and Wellness Services at health@snc.edu to sign up for the vaccine. Remember, only students with an underlying medical condition will be served first. The first priority vaccination clinic will be held on September 17, 2009 in Health and Wellness Services; lower level Main Hall from 4-6 PM.

The H1N1 influenza vaccine is also delayed. We do not have a timeline in which we might expect this vaccine to arrive, however we will also give first priority to students with underlying medical conditions. As more vaccine is allocated to us, we will continue to provide it to students only.
The best way to avoid the flu is to prevent it: 

  • Wash hands vigorously with warm soapy water or an alcohol based hand sanitizer before eating or drinking and after coughing or sneezing. 
  • If you are ill with a fever, cough, please stay home and distance yourself by at least 6 feet and wear a mask when in the presence of others
  • Call your health care provider before going in for an assessment,  there will be special instructions as to how to proceed for an appointment.
  • You may return to normal activities 24 hours after the fever has ended ( if anti fever medication has not been used)
  • You are a very strong link in the reduction of influenza; encourage everyone to follow these simple instructions.


 
12:04 p.m., Tuesday,
  August 11, 2009 | return to top


As you are aware, Wisconsin has experienced several thousand confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza and clusters of illness have been noted in summer camps around the State.  St. Norbert College remains in close communication with the De Pere Health Department, the Wisconsin Division of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and will take our guidance from them. We continue to work closely with the Crisis Response Team (CRT) at St. Norbert to ensure that we are prepared to address the health and safety of our community in the event of a significant influenza outbreak.

Here are some recommendations to help you stay healthy:
  • Follow the basic health and safety guidelines from the CDC
  • If you experience sudden onset of fever, cough and/or sore throat, please consult your health care provider. If your health care provider has advised you that you might have H1N1 or seasonal  influenza and has recommended that you stay home, please do so until 24 hours after the fever is gone. Contact Health and Wellness Services at 920-403-3266 to indicate that you suspect you have influenza. Information about suspected cases will be gathered to help identify clusters of illness in the St. Norbert and De Pere community.
  • Visit this web site regularly for updates.
  • Pay attention to any official e-mails you receive from the St. Norbert administration regarding this topic.

What will St. Norbert do:

  • We will offer seasonal influenza vaccinations beginning in September, 2009.
  • We will offer H1N1 vaccination clinics for students age 24 years and younger, initially
  • We will offer H1N1 vaccination to staff/faculty age 24-64 with underlying medical conditions
  • We will activate Members of St. Norbert's Crisis Response Team, should there be a need to do so.
  • We will post signs to include hand-washing, covering coughs and use of hand sanitizer across campus.
Questions about residence halls
Students should direct their questions to the hall director in their specific residence hall.
Residential Education and Housing Staff

Questions about classes

Dr. Anindo Choudhury, Associate Academic Dean
anindo.choudhury@snc.edu
920-403-3051
Students may also contact their individual faculty members and/or their academic advisor with questions or concerns.

Questions about employee benefits and personnel policies
Jesse Albers
jesse.albers@snc.edu
920-403-3982

We will keep you updated with information about the status of the H1N1 influenza virus and vaccines, as information becomes available to us. If you have any further questions please contact Barbara H. Bloomer PHN, RN, the director of Health and Wellness Services, at barb.bloomer@snc.edu or 920-403-3266.


1:00 p.m., Tuesday,
May 12, 2009 | return to top


The college is continuing its vigilance related to the H1N1 influenza situation and is in close contact with the De Pere and Brown County Health Departments. Yesterday, May 12, the Wisconsin State Division of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) revised the guidelines related to the testing of individuals with symptoms of H1N1 influenza. The new protocol has prioritized testing to include those individuals who have symptoms of H1N1 and who may need hospitalization. Individuals in this category now include health care workers, or residents/staff of long term care facilities. With these new guidelines the number of confirmed cases should lessen, however, we continue to isolate individuals who have sudden onset of fever, cough and sore throat for 7 days. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please practice all measures to prevent spread of this virus, including self-isolation at home for 7 days from the onset of symptoms.

The college continues its normal operations and commencement activities are on schedule. We again ask that anyone with symptoms stay away from participating in the commencement ceremony to prevent the further spread of the virus.


11:45 a.m., Monday,
May 11, 2009 | return to top


St. Norbert College was notified this morning by the De Pere Health Department that a fourth case of H1N1 influenza was confirmed. The student has not been on campus since testing. The college encourages individuals to monitor for influenza symptoms and seek medical attention as appropriate. Students who have sought treatment from another health facility other than the health and wellness services at St. Norbert College should let that health facility know they are a student at St. Norbert College. We continue to work with the De Pere Health Department and follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. College business continues as usual.


9:05 a.m., Monday,
May 11, 2009 | return to top


Health Update from President Kunkel and Vice President Oling-Sisay

Dear Campus Community:

As you know, three St. Norbert students have been confirmed with the H1N1 novel influenza virus. We are pleased to report the initial sick students are feeling better. Several other students have been tested, either at campus or by their personal physicians, so there is a chance we may learn of additional cases in the next few days. I would like to thank you all for your cooperation as we first help any students who are feeling ill and then reach out to ensure everyone is informed about how to remain healthy.

We wanted to send a note to remind you of a few things that are in place should you need them and to share that we are working closely with the City of De Pere Health Department and following the recommended protocols of national and state health agencies.

Throughout this past week and weekend, health and wellness services extended their hours to provide appropriate care to anyone who presented with flu symptoms of any kind.

We continue to urge anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms to avoid close contact with others as much as possible and seek appropriate medical attention. We are also requesting that if you receive off-campus medical attention for the H1N1 virus, please notify health and wellness services. Faculty and staff experiencing symptoms are advised to contact their personal physician then to notify health and wellness services.

In consultation with public health officials, we are continuing college business as usual. Final exams are proceeding as planned. Students who are sent home sick will have the opportunity to make up final exams under our usual guidelines for such circumstances.

A number of you have asked what this means for our commencement next Sunday. At the moment we have no plans to alter the schedule. In regard to commencements, public health agencies are recommending only that anyone who is sick, or who may be especially vulnerable to influenza, simply stay away.

Again, we deeply appreciate the efforts of everyone who is helping, especially health and wellness services (ably directed by Barb Bloomer) and the residential education and housing staff. We will continue to keep you posted.

Thomas Kunkel   
President

Mary Oling-Sisay
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students


4:45 p.m., Saturday,
May 9, 2009 | return to top


St. Norbert College was notified this afternoon by the De Pere Health Department that a third case of H1N1 influenza was confirmed. The student has not been on campus since being tested midweek. The College encourages individuals to monitor for influenza symptoms and seek medical attention as appropriate. We continue to work with the De Pere Health Department and follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.  College business continues as usual.


7:00 p.m., Friday, May 8, 2009 | return to top


As many of you know, the H1N1, novel influenza virus has been identified in several locations in Wisconsin including Brown County. Late Friday afternoon, the college was notified that there have been two cases of H1N1 influenza confirmed in the City of  De Pere. The two cases are St. Norbert College students. The two individuals have not been on campus since they were tested earlier this week. Close contacts of the confirmed cases have been contacted. St. Norbert College’s health and wellness services is working in conjunction with the City of De Pere Health Department and has been following the protocols outlined in the college's response plan. College business is continuing as usual by the recommendation of the City of De Pere Health Department and in accordance with the Centers’ for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.

The symptoms of this new H1N1 flu virus in people are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu which include sudden onset of fever over 100 degrees, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache and chills.

If you develop the symptoms above you should:

  1. Call health and wellness services (920-403-3266 from 9 am to 4 pm daily) or visit a local Urgent Care facility for testing
  2. Return to your permanent address or parents’ home for seven days after you become ill or 24 hours after the symptoms have resolved, whichever is longer
  3. Avoid contact with others to reduce the spread of illness

To reduce the risk of any illness, including H1N1 influenza:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer often, especially after using tissues
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or sleeve
  • Don’t share drinking cups and straws
  • Avoid close contact with others who are sick
  • Get plenty of rest and drink clear fluids to keep from being dehydrated
  • Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces (i.e., door knobs, refrigerator handle, telephone, faucets)
  • Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth

Information and guidelines pertaining to H1N1 influenza are changing daily. For the most up to date information you can refer to this and the following web sites:

If you have any questions, please contact health and wellness services at 920-403-3266 or the City of De Pere Health Department at 920-339-4054.  


5:45 p.m., Monday, May 4, 2009 | return to top


St. Norbert College's health and wellness services has been participating in teleconferences with the Wisconsin Department of Public Health and has been receiving up to date information related to the H1N1 virus The “2-1-1 Wisconsin” phone line is answering general calls related to the H1N1 flu. It has multilingual capabilities and is a good source for general information and local resources.

Clinically, the H1N1 flu is presenting with very sudden onset of fever, headache/ body aches/ sore throat and cough. A person experiencing these symptoms should be tested for the H1N1 antibody.  If a person is suspected of having this flu, they will be placed in isolation and required to go home for at least 7 days. Health and Wellness Services will work with any individual who has to miss class due to isolation, however, it is always the instructor who determines how to complete missed work or exams.

Medical professionals who are willing to work at informational phone banks are being asked to register with the Wisconsin Emergency Assistance Volunteer Registry (WEAVR) at http://dhs.wisconsin.bov/preparedness/WEAVR/.

Anti-viral medications are reserved for individuals who are actually ill. The general pharmacies are reporting adequate supplies of anti-virals, which will be prescribed for those who have been tested for the H1N1 disease.

Continual updates will be made available as they are released.


9:37 a.m., Friday, May 1, 2009 | return to top


As you are aware, the federal government has declared a public health emergency as a result of several confirmed cases of H1N1 in the U.S. This declaration is described as "standard operating procedure" to free up federal resources to combat the virus. It is expected that more cases will be confirmed in the coming days. The criteria for testing individuals for H1N1 has been established by the Wisconsin Division of Health, and St. Norbert College's health and wellness services is connected to this process.

St. Norbert College has been actively preparing for the potential of a pandemic for a number of years. As in any communicable disease situation, we are working closely with Brown County public health department and the De Pere Health Department to implement procedures to effectively manage cases of H1N1.

Currently, there are no changes to St. Norbert College operations or activities as a result of H1N1. College leaders, health and wellness services and emergency management personnel are beginning the early implementation phase of our response plan, as appropriate.

The college is committed to providing up-to-date information on H1N1 and how it impacts us. Health and wellness services is fortunate to be working with our state Department of Health and Human Services and are in continuous teleconferencing with them. The best thing everyone can do at the present time is to monitor events as they develop, implement good hand-washing techniques (frequently and thoroughly with warm soapy water) and know where to go for accurate, timely information. This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

About H1N1 | return to top


H1N1 is a communicable disease that can spread quickly, therefore, St. Norbert College is implementing the Health and Wellness Communicable Disease Policy, in accordance with the CDC and our local health department. We recommend that all individuals who are experiencing symptoms of influenza, have been in Mexico or in contact with anyone who is ill who has been in Mexico or U.S. cities with people who are ill, stay home and do not attend work, classes or other social events until symptoms of influenza are gone for at least 24 hours. 

Face masks should be worn by anyone with symptoms as well as those who want to avoid exposure to someone with symptoms. Frequently wash hands vigorously with warm soapy water for 20-30 seconds (silently sing "Happy Birthday" twice through). Do not share eating or drinking utensils with others. These methods of prevention will help to reduce the possibility of the spread of H1N1 should we have exposure. 

Symptoms of H1N1

  • Sudden onset of sore throat
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Body aches

What to do if you are ill: 

  • Stay home and rest as much as possible
  • Drink 8-10 glasses of water, juice, Jello, soups.
  • Take non-aspirin fever-reducers (Tylenol, acetaminophen).
  • Use a face mask if with others (available at health and wellness services)
  • If you meet the criteria above and have had contact with a confirmed case of H1N1, contact health and wellness services or your primary provider to be tested for H1N1.
  • Seek medical attention if you have an underlying medical condition such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease; difficulty breathing; or if symptoms last for more than five days with no improvement
Additional information
For more information about H1N1 please visit Center for Disease Control at http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/.

Here are a number of helpful links to keep you informed



Tips for preventing the flu


  • Wash your hands often, vigorously with warm soapy water
  • Do not eat or drink from anyone's utensils
  • Use a face mask if living with someone who is ill
  • Rest as much as possible
  • Drink fluids including water and juice
 



 




Health Services

Phone: (920) 403-3266
Fax: (920) 403-3099
E-mail: health@snc.edu


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