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Preparing Our Campus, Protecting You

Indiana University South Bend has created this website as part of the campus's ongoing emergency preparedness efforts. At this time the site is focused on providing information about the H1N1 flu virus.


IU South Bend H1N1 Status


Director of the IU South Bend Health and Wellness Center Laura Hieronymus reminds the campus community to continue to take precautions to fight the flu. It is likely there will be a surge of new cases as the seasonal flu season gets underway. The Health and Wellness Center will schedule additional H1N1 and seasonal flu shot clinics during the winter.


Campus Reporting of the Flu

In an effort to capture as much information about flu cases as possible at IU South Bend, the Health and Wellness Center is using an email address for students, faculty and staff to self-report. Please email IUHealth@iusb.edu if you self-diagnose or were seen by your health care provider for flu symptoms (fever over 100 degrees, headache, body ache, cough, sore throat). This information will remain private and will only be used to help determine the severity of an outbreak on campus. If you are unable to self-report please inform your supervisor of your diagnosis. Deans, directors and departments heads have been instructed to report numbers of employees who are absent due to the flu.


Campus Preparations

All students who are reporting to Health and Wellness Center with any flu-like symptoms are being monitored according to the protocols set by the Indiana State Department of Health.

Alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations have been placed in campus in high-traffic areas.

Posters advising regular hand washing and cough etiquette to prevent the spread of germs have been posted throughout campus.

IU South Bend’s Emergency Management Team is monitoring all relevant local, state, federal, and international information. (St. Joseph County Health Department, Indiana State Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization).

IU South Bend’s Campus Emergency Management Team is working to fully develop all necessary response protocols for a significant outbreak of H1N1 pandemic flu on campus. This includes care of ill students, communications with the IU South Bend community, and continuity of campus operations.

IU South Bend is working closely with the St. Joseph County Health Department and Indiana University to coordinate prevention and response activities.

IU South Bend will issue periodic updates or alerts campus-wide if the situation in the state or on the campus changes and has the potential to affect the IU South Bend community. For the most up-to-date information, please continue to check this website. Indiana University is also maintaining a website for all IU campuses that contains useful H1N1 information: http://www.indianauniversity.info.


Prevention:

At this time, the best thing to do to help prevent catching and spreading a cold or flu is to follow common prevention measures. Director of the IU South Bend Health and Wellness Center Laura Hieronymus has the following recommendations:

  Wash hands frequently with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based cleaners are also effective.

Contain coughs and sneezes with tissues, the crook of the elbow or the inside the collar of a shirt, blouse or jacket. Throw the tissue in the trash and after use and wash hands.

Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.

Use sanitizing or disinfecting agents often on frequently touched surfaces.

Avoid close contact with others. • If you begin feeling the symptoms of the flu – stay home.

If the symptoms persist see your primary care provider.

If you are on campus and get sick, go to the Health and Wellness Center in the Student Activities Center for treatment.


In the event of a disaster or emergency, this Web site will contain regularly updated news, instructions, and information. If you have a specific question regarding your personal safety and security, please send an e-mail to iupdsb@iusb.edu.