BETHANY, OK --- Southern Nazarene University (SNU) Faculty, staff, students and parents are being notified of precautions, plans and steps being taken to protect the campus community during a flu outbreak.
“We are being proactive in developing a plan for getting information to our campus constituents. There is a likelihood of a strong reoccurrence of H1N1 forecast for this fall and winter. We want to be ready,” stated SNU Provost, Mary Jones.
The H1N1 virus is similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and includes fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue, also known as symptoms of influenza like illnesses (ILI). The contagious period for influenza begins one day before symptoms begin and continue until there is no fever for 24 hours (with no fever-reducing medication). This period is typically 7-10 days.
"We are committed to the safety and well-being of our students, which is why we are diligently planning to deal with an H1N1 flu outbreak. H1N1 is not cause for alarm, but certainly requires diligence in planning. We strongly encourage students and parents to have plans in place as soon as possible to bring their students home in case they catch this illness," said Scott Strawn, Vice President for Student Development.
Our Student Health Center is in direct communication with the Center for Disease Control and is also working with State Health Officials. We do not know yet about the availability for vaccines. But the good news is that the virus has already been around the world once and appears to have not mutated or become more virulent, and at this time is not more serious than the annual seasonal flu. Many over the age of 50 may already have built-in immunity, thus the increased susceptibility of our college-age students.
“We appreciate your support, flexibility and prayers as we work to minimize the potential spread of this virus,” said Jones. “We are grateful for your assistance as we respond to these ever-changing circumstances.”
The SNU website contains the latest updated information: http://www.snu.edu/influenza-information.
Thu, September 3, 2009
by Eunice Trent