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January 22, 2013, 1:01 pm

This site was created to convey information about the H1N1 pandemic of 2009-2010. It is being preserved for archival purposes and much of the content relating to campus policies is no longer current. For the latest campus influenza information, visit University Health Services.

Posted in Health precautions

Flu pandemic HR guidelines rescinded

August 4, 2010, 2:08 pm

TO:        HR Representatives

FROM:        Stephen Lund, Director, Academic Personnel Office;  Mark Walters, Director, Classified Human Resources

RE:        Flu Pandemic HR Guidelines Rescinded

Effective immediately, the requirements within the flu pandemic HR guidelines that were implemented in September of 2009 are now rescinded. This action is prompted by the H1N1 virus subsiding drastically within the population.  The provisions within the various divisional attendance policies can be reinstituted. This includes the ability to count as an unexcused absence an employee’s absence based on their (or immediate family member’s) flu-like-symptoms. UW-System has also reinstated the requirement that unclassified employees need a note from a health care provider if absent from work for five consecutive days due to illness.

Please inform employees within your division that all past HR policies regarding attendance are now reinstated.

Many of the activities that were implemented as part of the H1N1 outbreak are best practices that should continue to be encouraged on campus. This would include:

–   staying/going home when experiencing flu-like symptoms or unable to effectively perform duties due to illness;

–   washing hands or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer regularly;

–   covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirtsleeve (using hand is less helpful as this may unintentionally pass a virus through contact); and
–   receiving an annual flu vaccine.

These precautions should always be practiced regardless of whether heightened health risks are present on campus.

Although the H1N1 flu outbreak was quite challenging, the planning and policy implementation that occurred as a result has made UW-Madison significantly more prepared for future health issues. The diligence of all members of the UW community to limit the spread of H1N1 should be commended.

If you have any questions, please contact either of us.

Posted in Campus updates, Faculty and staff info

Students: Final 2 weeks for H1N1 vaccine!

January 20, 2010, 10:01 am

Do your part to help stop the spread of flu on campus—drop in to University Health Services (UHS) for your free H1N1 and seasonal flu shots today!

UHS will continue to offer free flu shots without an appointment through Friday, Jan. 29. Just bring a student ID to 333 East Campus Mall between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For your added convenience, UHS will also run two more FlashVax clinics at the SERF from 3 pm to 7 pm, this Friday, Jan. 22, and next Friday, Jan. 29. Wear short sleeves, and bring your student ID!

Already got your shot? Don’t think you need one? Tell us about it: Take this 1-minute anonymous survey, and let us know how you feel about H1N1 shots.

Posted in Campus updates, Email messages to campus, Student info

New seasonal, H1N1 flu shot clinics added for faculty, staff

January 5, 2010, 11:01 am

There are several new opportunities for UW-Madison faculty and staff to receive both seasonal and H1N1 vaccinations in January.

All employees can receive seasonal and H1N1 flu shot injections (but not nasal mist spray) on campus this Wednesday, Jan. 6, at the Waisman Center, Rm. 120-122, from 9 am.-3 p.m. (This clinic was rescheduled due to the weather-related university closing on December 9.)

There will be two more employee clinics this month, also offering both seasonal and H1N1 influenza vaccinations.

–Wednesday, Jan. 13 at Ingraham Hall, Rm. 103.

–Friday, Jan. 22, at the Welcome Center, 21 N. Park St., Rm. 5045.

Both clinics will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Read more »

Posted in Campus updates, Faculty and staff info

Total for fall semester: 1,345 ILI evaluations

December 21, 2009, 9:12 pm

The semester that began dramatically, with more than 500 students reporting influenza-like symptoms to University Health Services (UHS) in the first two weeks of classes alone, ended quietly, with just a handful of cases over final exams.

Between Dec. 13 and 19, eight students were evaluated by University Health Services (UHS) for symptoms of influenza-like illness (ILI), bringing the total for the semester to 1,345. In Week 16, 0.5 percent of all primary care visits were for ILI. Read more »

Posted in Campus updates

H1N1 vaccine available to all

December 21, 2009, 8:12 am

H1N1 vaccine is now widely available to all UW-Madison students, faculty and staff.

Students continue to be encouraged to receive vaccine on a walk-in basis at the 6th floor Green Clinic of University Health Services, 333 East Campus Mall until Dec. 23.

Visit UHS to learn more about hours leading up to Winter Break.

If students are unable to stop by UHS, they are encouraged to make an appointment with a healthcare provider over winter break, or to visit a community clinic.

For the first time, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has announced that public health departments and private health care providers can also vaccinate all members of the general public, including faculty and staff. Read more »

Posted in Campus updates, Faculty and staff info, Student info

UHS Winter Break Hours Begin Dec. 23

December 17, 2009, 1:12 pm

On Dec. 21 and 22, UHS will be open as usual, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Dec. 23, UHS will be open from 10:00 am to 2 p.m. It will be closed on Dec. 24 and 25.

On Dec. 28 and 29, UHS will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be closed on Dec. 30 and 31 and Jan. 1.

Normal business hours will resume on Monday, Jan. 4.

On weekends and holidays, urgent medical advice is available from 12 noon to 9:00 pm by calling 265-5600. In case of a medical emergency, call 911.

Mental health crisis intervention services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by calling 265-5600; choose option “9.”

Posted in Campus updates, Student info

Week 15: H1N1 shots available to all students of any age

December 14, 2009, 8:12 pm

University Health Services (UHS) evaluated 12 students for influenza-like illness (ILI) during Week 15 of the semester. ILI visits made up 1.2 percent of all patients seen in the primary care clinic from Dec. 6 to 12.

Due to a change in state guidelines, all UW–Madison students, regardless of age, are now eligible to receive free H1N1 shots at UHS. More than 10 percent of the student body has been vaccinated against H1N1 so far.

Free flu shots are available without an appointment, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at 333 East Campus Mall, 6th floor, Green Clinic. For more details, visit the UHS vaccination page. (Please note, other appointments must be scheduled.)

UHS has also given more than 9,100 seasonal flu shots since Sept. 21, easily surpassing the record 8,600 shots given in the 2008-09 academic year.

Link to Week 15: Dec.6 -Dec. 12 (PDF)

Read more about ILI reporting background

Posted in Campus updates

Message from Dean Lori Berquam to students about influenza and final exams

December 14, 2009, 4:12 pm

Dear UW-Madison Student,

We want to commend all UW-Madison students for the steps you have taken to limit the spread of H1N1 influenza on campus during this unusual semester. We appreciate your efforts and ask for your continued assistance.

We want to briefly outline our expectations if you should become ill in the coming weeks, traditionally the most intense part of the semester academically. Read more »

Posted in Campus updates, Email messages to campus, Student info

What You Can Do About the Flu (PDF)

General questions about UW–Madison's response to flu issues? E-mail Pandemic Info Hub for answers.

Need urgent medical advice?
Students: Call UHS at (608) 265-5600

Faculty, staff: Contact your health care provider