Nebraska Wesleyan University continues to closely monitor the worldwide and local impact of H1N1 flu.
The University has communicated diligently with its faculty, staff and students about proper hygiene and stemming the spread of the virus. NWU is working closely with local and state health officials to share information and respond in an appropriate and coordinated manner.
Nebraska Wesleyan is following these guidelines as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), created specifically for institutions of higher education:
- Practice good hygiene: wash your hands often with soap and water, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, avoid close contact with people who are sick, frequently clean commonly-used surfaces such as door knobs, keyboards, cell phones.
- Facilitate self isolation: students with flu-like illness are encouraged to return to their home or isolate themselves in their current living quarters. Students should remain isolated for at least 24 hours after fever and symptoms have disappeared. The University is prepared to provide temporary housing for ill students who cannot easily isolate themselves. Faculty is asked to be flexible with class absentee policies and allow sick students to make up their class assignments.
- Promote self isolation at home by faculty and staff: faculty and staff with flu-like symptoms are asked to stay home for at least 24 hours after fever and symptoms have disappeared. Benefits-eligible faculty and staff who need to care for sick family members should contact Human Resources regarding Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) benefits.
- Talk with your health care provider: people at high risk for flu complications should contact their family physician. Faculty, staff and students who experience flu symptoms are asked to visit Student Health Services, which can provide the necessary medical supplies.
- Discourage campus visits by ill persons: people with flu-like illness should not visit campus or attend NWU events such as theatre productions, music concerts and athletics activities.
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