A Valpo student has tested positive for Type A influenza, and in many cases individuals with positive Type A tests are found to have the H1N1 influenza. In accordance with the recommendation of the Indiana State Department of Health, the student will remain in his room, isolated from others, until fever-free for at least 24 hours without medication. Bathrooms and common spaces in the residence hall are in the process of being thoroughly cleaned with an extra chemical specifically designed to eliminate viruses.
All members of the Valpo community are encouraged to continue playing an active role in flu prevention efforts on campus. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to thoroughly wash their hands and to practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Getting a seasonal flu shot also is strongly recommended. The Valpo Health Center is hosting numerous vaccination clinics for students this fall, and Hammond Clinic will host clinics for faculty and staff. Visit http://www.valpo.edu/healthcenter/flu/clinics.php for a list of upcoming vaccination clinics. The University will provide more information about obtaining the H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available.
Signs and symptoms of the flu include a fever equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius, cough, sore throat, fatigue, chills and body aches.
Students who experience flu symptoms are encouraged to return home and isolate themselves from other people as much as possible until at least 24 hours after they are fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications. Those unable to return home should stay in their rooms and isolate themselves as much as possible. Students with flu symptoms also are encouraged to contact the Valpo Health Center (219-464-5060) to arrange an appointment or ask for instructions, and to let their professors know they will be unable to attend class. Dining Services is prepared to deliver box meals to students who are isolated in their rooms.
Faculty and staff with flu symptoms also should stay at home and isolate themselves from other people as much as possible, in addition to contacting their family physician.