As colleges and universities across the country convene for the fall semester, college students are working and living in close proximity to each other in classes and in residence halls. This brings up much concern in parents, families and students – not the least of which is the propensity for student illness.
This fall in particular, people around the globe are watching media reports on the new flu virus spreading worldwide known as novel or H1N1 flu. Belmont University is carefully monitoring the ongoing situation and responding with appropriate measures as outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). First, we’re seeking to reduce the likelihood of transmission and illness through education of faculty, staff and students and by providing up-to-date information to help the Belmont community address any challenges presented by the emergence of the H1N1 virus.
In the event of confirmed cases, Belmont will follow CDC guidelines and work closely with city, state and federal public health officials. In addition, Belmont is taking several steps to ensure the safety and health of the university community, including but not limited to the following:
- Belmont has a Pandemic Preparedness Team made up of representatives of several areas across campus that have been meeting on this issue for many months, even prior to H1N1. This team meets regularly to monitor this ongoing situation.
- In order to provide a healthier atmosphere for the Belmont community, large containers of hand sanitizer are located in approximately 30 high traffic areas across campus.
- Belmont Health Services has stockpiled masks, tissues and latex gloves and has ordered additional Tamiflu. In addition, Health Services has boosted its supply of seasonal flu vaccine and has also requested the maximum amount of the H1N1 vaccine possible once it's available.
- Posters have been placed on campus and in all residence halls to outline preventative measures one can take to stay healthy.
- Flyers have been distributed during Welcome Week events to all new students, as well as being made available online.
- Members of the Pandemic Preparedness Team participated in a conference call with the CDC which outlined guidance for institutions of higher education.
- Up-to-date information related to Belmont University will be available at www.belmont.edu/h1n1. Significant updates will also be communicated via BIC and the Belmont newsline at 615-460-5000.
Please continue to monitor this site for more information and updates.