At FPU we are adopting the guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control on how to deal with the H1N1 virus. There are levels of severity regarding the spread of the virus among the community and FPU will act accordingly.
During current flu conditions:
- We insist that sick students, faculty, and staff stay at home or in their residence until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen).
- We encourage students, faculty, and staff to use an alcohol-based hand cleaner often. The best way to prevent the spread of the flu is to practice good hygiene and respiratory etiquette. Every office area and several common areas across the campuses of Fresno Pacific University have been provided with alcohol-based hand cleaners. Please use them often.
- We encourage students, faculty, and staff at higher risk of complications from flu to check with their health care provider about their options. People at higher risk of flu complications who get sick will benefit from early treatment with antiviral medicines.
- We encourage students, faculty, and staff to find out if they should get vaccinated against seasonal flu and 2009 H1N1 flu.
- We discourage sick members of the public and sick visitors from attending institution-sponsored events until they are free of fever for at least 24 hours.
- We encourage students and staff to cover their mouths and noses with a tissue when they cough or sneeze. Please cover coughs or sneezes using your elbow or shoulder instead of your hands when a tissue is not available.
- We strongly encourage everyone to establish regular schedules for frequent cleaning of surfaces and items that are more likely to have frequent hand contact such as desks, door knobs, keyboards, or counters, with cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas. Students living together should frequently clean commonly-used surfaces such as doorknobs, refrigerator handles, remote controls, and countertops. For common areas, the university has already established a cleaning schedule.
- Every office area has been provided with disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces such as chairs, remote controls, and keyboards shared by students can be wiped down prior to each use.
- Encourage students to frequently clean their living quarters.
If flu conditions are MORE severe, FPU will add the following steps, and they will be communicated to the university very clearly and often:
- We will allow students, faculty, and staff at higher risk for complications to stay home. These students, faculty, and staff should make this decision in consultation with their health care provider.
- We will look for and encourage ways to increase social distances (the space between people) in classrooms such as moving desks farther apart, leaving empty seats between students, holding outdoor classes, and using distance learning methods.
- We will extend the time sick students, faculty, or staff stay home or in their residence to at least 7 days, even if they feel better sooner. Those who are still sick after 7 days should continue to stay home until at least 24 hours after symptoms have gone away. Symptoms of flu include fever or chills and cough or sore throat. In addition, symptoms of flu can include runny nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, diarrhea, or vomiting.
- For an extreme outbreak of the flu, the university will consider how and when to suspend classes by working closely our local and state public health officials. The length of time classes will be suspended depends on the severity and extent of illness.