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Protocol for Seeking Medical Attention; Reporting Illness

October 20, 2009


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MACOMB, IL -- Western Illinois University-Macomb students who are ill with flu-like symptoms must call Beu Health Center at (309) 298-1888 prior to coming to the health center. Students with flu-like symptoms should not be sent directly to Beu Health Center.

WIU-QC students should contact their local health care provider. Employees with flu-like symptoms should contact their local health care provider.

A recent policy was established regarding student and employee absences should there be a significant H1N1 outbreak. WIU-Macomb students missing class as a result of displaying flu-like symptoms or being diagnosed with H1N1 must contact the Office of Student Development and Orientation (SDO) at (309) 298-1884 as soon as possible. WIU-Quad Cities students must contact the Office of Academic and Student Services (OASS) at
(309) 762-9080, who will contact the student's instructors. Students will not be counted absent and will be allowed to make up missed assignments and exams.

Employees missing work as a result of displaying flu-like symptoms or being diagnosed with H1N1 need to contact their supervisor as soon as possible. Employees should stay home if exhibiting flu-like symptoms or receiving an H1N1 diagnosis.

Seasonal flu symptoms develop quickly; include fever and a sore throat and/or coughing, body aches, chills, and headache. Reported H1N1 symptoms are similar to seasonal flu and may also include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The symptoms of the common cold are generally much milder than the flu, develop more slowly, and usually do not include a fever.




Posted By: Darcie Shinberger (DR-Shinberger@wiu.edu)
Office of University Relations