In a campus of Malone's size, University Administration constantly makes plans and prepares for worst case scenarios of pandemic outbreaks.
Of current concern is the H1N1 (Swine Flu) virus. Malone University is keeping up with all the latest information concerning H1N1 and will be regularly updating students, faculty, and staff updates and tips for prevention.
Below is a letter from Chris Abrams, Vice President of Student Development:
September 14, 2009
Dear Malone Parent or Guardian,
H1N1 or Swine Flu, as it is commonly called, continues to play a major role in U.S. and world news. And it has been found on many college and university campuses in the U.S.
Because members of the Malone community have been working to prepare for a possible outbreak, I'd like to take this opportunity to brief you on our plans.
Because the flu spreads through human contact, facilities staff are paying greater attention to places that are heavily trafficked and objects - such as doors and desks - that are often touched.
Also, additional hand sanitizing stations are being strategically placed in buildings, especially residence halls, throughout the campus. And of course, since proper hygiene is ultimately the responsibility of the individual, we have been and will continue to post fliers, send e-mails, conduct residence hall meetings, and bring in health care speakers to remind members of the community of the common sense ways in which exposure to H1N1 can be minimized.
While this may sound a bit simplistic, it is in line with the preventative procedure outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The CDC is also recommending that all college-age students be vaccinated for H1N1 influenza.
The vaccine is expected to become available in late October and we anticipate Malone's Health Center making it available at that time. Also, beginning in mid-October, Malone's Health Center will offer a vaccination for seasonal flu. Both of the vaccines will be offered at an affordable rate.
To minimize the possibility of infection, please encourage your son or daughter to receive both vaccines.
Be assured that while we are prepared to see cases of H1N1 flu on campus this fall and will manage any cases according to guidelines issued by the CDC, we have yet to see any cases at Malone.
While the University will care for as many students as possible on campus, it is best that recuperation take place at home whenever possible. This will greatly help stop the spread of the disease at the University. For this simple reason,I encourage you to think about how you would respond should your son or daughter come down with the flu.
Because the symptoms of H1N1 and seasonal flu are indistinguishable, Malone will treat anyone with flu-like symptoms as if they have H1N1 Flu, unless we can verify that a student does not have H1N1.
Malone remains in close contact with the Canton City Health Department and Mercy Medical Center - the provider of our campus health services - and will continue to follow the guidelines issued by the CDC for institutions of higher education. A special link appears on the Malone homepage: www.malone.edu, on which the latest information about influenza from the CDC can be found. A link for institutions of Higher Education and a link for tracking H1N1 are also posted on the CDC website.
Know that we will do everything possible to ensure this is a healthy, as well as happy and productive, academic year. And as always, we covet your prayers for your sons and daughters as well as for the entire Malone community.
Chris Abrams Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Development