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H1N1 Resources and Information

The University of Saint Francis is closely monitoring the H1N1 (swine flu) situation. No cases have been suspected or identified at the Fort Wayne or Crown Point locations. The well-being of students, faculty and staff is a high priority; therefore USF has developed a plan to address the potential outbreak of the H1N1 virus on campus in the 2009/2010 school year. USF officials are in communication with the Fort Wayne Allen County Department of Health to monitor state-wide viral activity. The University is committed to incorporating precautionary measures in its daily operations for human health and safety.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What symptoms indicate that I may have the flu?

Although only a doctor's office visit can verify you have the flu, the Allen County Health Department offers these tips: Flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme tiredness, and dry cough are more common and intense with the flu. Below you will find a list of symptoms that indicate when you should stay home to facilitate your own recovery and also protect your classmates and colleagues as you are very likely contagious:

  • Fever over 100 F
  • Cough that produces yellow or green phlegm
  • Sore throat and fever
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

What steps are being taken on campus to reduce risk of contracting the H1N1 virus?

USF is implementing a number of proactive steps to maintain a healthy and safe environment for all campus constituents and guests including, but not limited to:

  • distributing bottles of hand sanitizer to students and employees
  • providing seat sanitizer and posting reminders regarding proper hand-washing in all public restrooms
  • providing sanitizing wipes in all student computer labs
  • sanitizing all public areas and surfaces at least twice daily
  • regularly disinfecting athletic equipment
  • using anti-viral spray cleaners
  • focusing on healthier food preparation and service in all food outlets

Should I report to work or attend class if I am feeling ill?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that persons experiencing flu-like symptoms and a fever at or above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit should avoid contact with other persons including campus constituents until at least 24 hours after fever subsides. Students, reference your student handbook, contact your instructor and refer to your syllabus for attendance policies.

Will all campus events be cancelled (athletics, conferences, forums, etc.) if a school closing alert is issued?

In the event USF closes due to severe weather conditions or other emergency, all activities scheduled for the day will be cancelled or postponed. No extracurricular activities will take place.

Where should I go for medical assistance if I am feeling ill?

Resident students with flu-like symptoms will be sent to RediMed for diagnosis and possible treatment; and associated RediMed costs will be covered by room and board health fees. Non-resident students, faculty, and staff will need to seek their own medical services.

What should I do if I am ill and have pressing academic obligations, such as a scheduled exam?

As always, you should contact your instructor if you need assistance with academic matters.

Is the University imposing any travel restrictions in light of the H1N1 virus outbreaks?

At this time, USF has not placed any restrictions on classes, athletic teams or other university events requiring travel. If such restrictions are necessary, communication to involved parties will be disseminated by the activity coordinator or university administration.

Will the University provide vaccinations for the H1N1 flu virus?

The University does not anticipate the availability of vaccinations for the campus community.

Where can faculty and staff members, students, and parents get more information regarding the University’s plans?

The most complete source of information regarding the University’s response to the H1N1 virus is on the University’s website.

useful Links

Centers for Disease Control
Allen County Department of Health

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