Pandemic Flu Preparedness at Valley City State University

A pandemic is a global disease outbreak. An influenza pandemic occurs when a new influenza virus emerges for which there is little or no immunity in the human population, begins to cause serious illness and then spreads easily from person to person worldwide.

Scientists and health officials worldwide are closely monitoring the H5N1 virus. This virus causes avian or "bird flu." While the virus causes illness in birds, H5N1 can also be transmitted from infected birds to mammals, including humans. This virus is particularly virulent and in many cases, deadly. So far, however, the virus has not been transmitted readily from one person to another.

As governmental agencies worldwide continue their surveillance of the virus and prepare for the possibility of flu pandemic, Valley City State University will continue to work with national, state, county, and local emergency personnel to ensure that health and safety measures are in place on campus should a flu pandemic occur.

A campus Pandemic Flu Planning Committee has been formed to specifically develop a pandemic response plan. The committee includes the following campus representatives:
This website and official VCSU e-mail will be used to educate and inform the campus community on issued related to Avian Flu and Pandemic Preparedness.

If your division, department, office, student organization, club or residence hall floor would like a presentation on the Pandemic Flu, contact Pat Egeberg, University Health Nurse at 845-7212 or patricia.egeberg@vcsu.edu.