NWU Prepared for H1N1 Outbreak

You have likely heard reports of the H1N1 flu virus on college campuses and schools. Nebraska Wesleyan University has had a few reported cases of the flu and we expect that number to increase this fall. It is important for parents to know that we are prepared.

Nebraska Wesleyan’s Pandemic Influenza Planning Team monitors flu cases on campus and communicates important information and updates with students, faculty and staff.

Students have been reminded that their best defense against this virus is good hygiene. Our custodial staff has increased its cleaning efforts, extra hand sanitizer has been distributed in high frequency areas like the dining hall and computer labs, and students have been reminded to wash their hands, cover their mouth and nose when they cough, and to stay home if they feel sick.

Students who experience flu-like symptoms have been asked to not attend class or participate in campus activities. Faculty has been asked to be flexible with their student absence policy. Sick students should visit Student Health Services where they will be assessed and given a flu kit. It is highly recommended that students return home if possible. If they cannot go home, they should isolate themselves in their current living quarters. We will arrange for meals to be delivered to sick students.

Nebraska Wesleyan has contracted with the Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department to receive the H1N1 vaccine. We will notify students when that vaccine is available on campus.

Your student’s health and welfare is very important to us. We ask for your help in encouraging your student to follow the above recommendations. Please continue to check this web page for further updates.