Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus, Midwestern United States (BYU- Idaho Preparing)
BYU IDAHO PREPARATIONS FOR COMING PANDEMIC
THE FOLLOWING IS WHAT IS LISTED IN THE OFFICIAL BYU-I WEBSITE...AND THE LINK AND INFORMATION ABOUT THE POSSIBLE PANDEMIC IS POSTED ALL OVER THE CAMPUS.
POSSIBLE PANDEMIC PREPAREDNESS WEB PAGE
Preparing for a Pandemic
Many people are concerned about what they can and should do to prepare for the most recent potential medical emergency threatening the world today. The Avian Flu. Though the time line of this threat to our safety is not known we can and should prepare for it. These preparations consist of being informed of what it is and what you need to do. There are several sites that can be accessed to help you to know what is happening.
The main web site is: www.pandemicflu.gov .
BYU-Idaho is prepared by stockpiling a few materials that we normally did not consider for other emergency situations, i.e. N95 masks. We encourage all students, faculty, staff and visitors to this site, to prepare by putting together a 72 or 96 hour kit that can be accessed in the event of any emergency. A student kit need only be the bare essentials and can cost less than $20. A list of what you should have as a minimum can be found here.
OSHA: Health Care Workers
OSHA has recently released it's guidance for the Health care workers in the event that a pandemic does occur. The complete document can be accessed athttp://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSH...mic_health.pdf.
BYU-Idaho has also put together a short video to explain more of what a pandemic is and what we are doing and what you can do to prepare. If you would like to view or purchase a copy please contact Eric Harmston at: firstname.lastname@example.org. They are $5 per copy. You may also view the video on-line, in streaming video, by clicking here.
Face Mask VS Respirator
The use of face masks or respirators is still a controversial subject. Recently the Center for Disease Controll issued a statement on this subject. It can be viewed at:http://www.cdc.gov/Features/MasksRespirators/ .
Dr. Dane Dickson, MD, put together a packet of materials to aid in our understanding and preparation. It is titled "Preparing for an Influenza Pandemic". It can be accessed here.
District Seven Health Department out of Idaho Falls, Idaho, has put together an informative pamphlet on the subject. It can be accessed here.
BYU-Idaho Communicable Disease Policy
Communicable Disease Policy
Communicable diseases may be a potential health problem for the university community. As with any community, students studying and functioning in close proximity to one another are susceptible to communicable diseases. This Policy is implemented for communicable diseases commonly found in the college population and which can be transmitted by air, object, or through casual contact. To learn more about this policy, go here.