Archive for swine flu

Fight the flu – get an education

Posted in Life with tags , , on 15 November 2009 by Steve

USA“American researchers have come up with a new, and rather compelling, reason to get an education – it can protect you from illnesses such as swine flu. A University of Michigan study has found that people who did not earn a high school diploma are not only more likely to get illnesses but may also find vaccines less effective compared with those who did graduate with a diploma …” (more)

[University World News, 15 November]

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Counting Faculty and Staff Absences

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 26 September 2009 by Steve

USA“Efforts to track H1N1 on college campuses this fall have focused almost exclusively on students, but the University of New Mexico has introduced Absence Tracking, a daily survey to keep tabs on the numbers of faculty and staff who call in sick. Thursday was the first day that an already-appointed ‘time keeper’ — the person who monitors absences for payroll purposes — in each university department was required to submit by noon each weekday an estimated total of illness-related absences, whether the employee was sick with H1N1, the seasonal flu or another illness, or was out to take care of a sick family member …” (more)

[Jennifer Epstein, Inside Higher Ed, 25 September]

Modules condensed to accommodate Swine Flu

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 16 September 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Lecturers have been asked to condense the 12-week lecture term into ten lectures, to allow for an average two-week absence due to Swine Flu. The proposal is one of several measures implemented by the newly appointed Swine Flu Committee. Students’ Union Education Officer, Donnacha Ó Súilleabháin, told The University Observer that although ‘the same amount of material will be in [each] module, and the structure will be altered to allow self-directed learnin’ …” (more)

[Bridget Fitzsimons, University Observer, 15 September]

Swine flu student vaccinations

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 25 August 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Madam, – Having identified the young and teenage groups as the most vulnerable to the disease, would it not make sense to postpone the re-opening of primary, secondary and third level educational facilities until all of those in these groups have been vaccinated …” (more)

[Eamonn CJ McDwyer, Irish Times, 25 August]

Wondering about H1N1

Posted in Life with tags , , on 22 August 2009 by Steve

Ireland“… DCU has, like other universities and organisations, developed an action plan that will allow us to take swift measures as needed should H1N1 affect a significant number of people, and having such plans is an appropriate response. A major part of any plan must be to encourage people to take obvious and easy precautions, chief of which is the encouragement of basic hygiene rules: wash your hands regularly, particularly before and after significant gatherings or visits, and don’t cough or sneeze into the air. Otherwise, get on with your life, and don’t get too worried.” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 22 August]

Common Sense and Scenarios on H1N1

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 21 August 2009 by Steve

USA“The US Departments of Education and Health and Human Services on Thursday released their most detailed guidance yet on how colleges should prevent H1N1 outbreaks and what options should be considered if they take place despite such efforts. Given that the severity and size of outbreaks could vary widely, the guidance is more of a menu of options than a rulebook – and the ideas cover everything from washing doorknobs to ending the requirements that students submit medical notes for absences to when to consider suspending operations …” (more)

[Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, 21 August]

Swine flu response teams prepare for college outbreak

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 13 August 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Special flu pandemic response teams are in place across the third-level sector to deal with swine flu as up to 200,000 students and staff prepare to return to college. The Higher Education Authority (HEA), which earlier this year issued guidelines on dealing with the virus to the 40 HEA institutions across the country, said colleges had contingency plans in place to deal with an outbreak …” (more)

[Fergus Black, Independent, 13 August]