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H1N1 Preparedness at Providence
2010-01-25

At present all classes and activities at Providence College and Seminary are operating as normal. Currently we have no confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus. Some people on campus have had flu-like symptoms. No one is danger of not recovering. No one has been hospitalized. The H1N1 situation will be monitored daily and any status changes will be communicated. Vaccinations are now available for all people. Students are encouraged to get a flu shot as they deem it advisable, particularly if they are at high risk. The following two websites are helpful: 

http://www.sehealth.mb.ca/WhatsNewDetails.aspx?cid=2134&lang=1

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2009/10/22/mb-vaccination-clinics-h1n1-winnipeg.html

The health and well-being of all students and personnel at Providence College and Seminary is of utmost concern to administration. The school’s Crisis Management Team (CMT) has been making preparations to address health concerns raised by an H1N1 virus outbreak. If a major outbreak occurs on campus the CMT will implement the Crisis Management Plan.

Preparations include a specific protocol for those who present flu-like symptoms. Students have been sent an electronic communication with specific details regarding H1N1. Members of the CMT are staying in close contact with the Rural Health Authority who is monitoring the situation in Southern Manitoba. All members of the Student Development Department as well as Resident Assistants have discussed plans for the prevention of the H1N1 virus on the Otterburne campus.

Prevention of influenza is very important. The following precautions must be followed by all:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water or clean them with an alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water are not available
• Cough into your sleeve or a tissue (then dispose of tissue)
• Keep your living and work areas clean
• Limit touching of your eyes, nose, and mouth
• Maintain a healthy lifestyle (adequate sleep, balanced diet, exercise)
• Take special precautions if - you have chronic illnesses, immune disorders, pregnancy, have travelled or had contact with travelers to areas with cases of H1N1

Even with good prevention, some individuals will get sick. The following are symptoms of influenza-like illness:
• Sudden fever of 38°C (100.4°F) or higher, cough, AND one or more of the following:
sore throat, muscle aches, or physical exhaustion
• Children may also feel sick to their stomach, vomit or have diarrhea; these symptoms are
uncommon in adults.

In the unfortunate circumstance that a student, staff or faculty member becomes ill, the following guidelines are in place:
• Commuters
- Do not attend class! Stay at home until the contagious period has ended (approximately one week or when fever subsides without fever reducing medication). People with flu-like symptoms are usually contagious for about a week, starting the day before symptoms appear.
- Inform Providence regarding your condition (contact Marlin Reimer in the Student Development Department).
• Residence Students
- Contact your RA or RD. They will provide support and direction for you.
- Do not attend class and isolate yourself from contact with others! Go home if travel permits. Stay at home until the contagious period has ended. People with flu-like symptoms are usually contagious for about a week, starting the day before symptoms appear.
- Thermometers are available from the RDs to check for fever.
- If you cannot go home Providence may require you to be isolated in a residence set-up for those with flu-like symptoms to help minimize the potential spread of any viruses.
• Medical Care
- You do not need to seek immediate medical care unless you have symptoms of a more severe or serious illness such as shortness of breath, dehydration or severe weakness, or if other symptoms such as coughs or fever get worse. If serious symptoms appear, get worse or do not get better as they normally would (within two to three days) you should promptly see your health-care provider even if you have already visited them about your illness.
- Manitoba Health Links can provide further information – 1-888-315-9257. You can also go online to http://www.manitoba.ca/flu/index.html for further information.
• Food Services
- Preparations have been made with Sodexho to ensure quality campus food services will continue throughout the academic year.
• Course Delivery
- Individual faculties will create any necessary policies needed to address student absenteeism due to illness. Every effort will be made to deliver course content to those who have registered for classes.
• Additional Information
- Official public health information, frequently asked questions, guidelines, self care guides, etc. can be found at the following websites:
? Manitoba Health and Health Living – http://www.gov.mb.ca/flu
? Public Health Agency of Canada – http://www.fightflu.ca

Further updates will be posted as necessary. Any specific questions or concerns can be addressed to David Johnson, Chair, Crisis Management Team, or Vice-Chair, Marlin Reimer. They can be reached via email or phone at 1-800-668-7768.
 

 
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