H1N1 Update

You will notice, in residence rooms and at shared computers,  a number of tips for being prepared for a pandemic. To recap:

Try  to carry a personal supply of hand sanitizer and use it frequently,  especially after using shared computers or equipment, before and after  eating and trips to the bathroom, after coughing or sneezing, and after  using public transit.

Arrange a pick-up plan with your  parents or friends in case you become ill. Brescia will have a number  of areas reserved for convalescing but doctors and health officials  strongly advise that students who become ill should make plans to  return home for rest and caregiving, where possible.

Make  sure you have a buddy on campus – someone you can inform if you become  ill and need assistance. They can also help share the news with faculty  and staff so you can stay in bed where you belong.

Try to  maintain a first-aid kit and some flu remedies in case you become ill.  You might also consider keeping on hand a stock of food and beverages  such as instant soup, Gatorade, juice, etc.

Despite your  busy academic and extracurricular schedules, make sure you give  yourself some time for rest and relaxation. It’s an important part of  staying healthy, as is a proper diet.

The most important  things you can do to stay healthy are simple – stay informed, wash your  hands frequently with soap and warm water for 15 seconds, and cough and  sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve, rather than your hand.

Please  know that accommodations will be made in the event you become ill at  Brescia and every effort will be made to assist all students in meeting  course requirements.

Influenza vaccination clinics available at the University of Western Ontario:

  • Thursday January 21, 2010 – 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – University of Western Ontario, University Community Centre (UCC), Student Health Services.
  • Friday January 22, 2010 – 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – University of Western Ontario, University Community Centre (UCC), Student Health Services.