2/27/15: Health Alert

By | 2015-02-27

There is a probable case of Pertussis (whooping cough) on our campus. You may have been exposed to this highly contagious disease that causes severe coughing.  Because no vaccine is 100% protective, even immunized persons can become ill with Pertussis, but the symptoms are usually milder.

Pertussis is spread through the air when an ill person coughs or sneezes.  In adults, Pertussis symptoms include aggravating coughing attacks that last for two weeks or longer and may be accompanied by vomiting, gagging, and sticky mucus production.  These attacks may worsen at night.  Between the coughing attacks, the person may feel well and have no symptoms.

If you show symptoms of Pertussis:

  1. Consult the Wellness Center or your healthcare provider and let them know you may have been exposed to someone ill with Pertussis.  This disease is treated with specific antibiotics.
  2. Notify the Wellness Center if your doctor suspects that you are ill with Pertussis.  You will be given instructions regarding class attendance.

To help protect against getting ill from Pertussis:

  1. Check with your doctor to see if you are up to date with the appropriate number of Tdap (adolescent and adult) vaccine doses.
  2. Wash hands frequently.
  3. Visit the websites www.vaccineinformation.org/video/pertussis.asp or www.sdiz.org. to learn more about Pertussis.

If you have any additional questions regarding Pertussis, you may call the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, Epidemiology and Immunization Services at 1-866-358-2966 and press 5 to speak with a Public Health Nurse.

PLNU’s Wellness Center is available for consultation M-F, 8:00a-4:30a and may be reached at 619-849-2574.

2/9/15: Health Alert

By | 2015-02-09

A large and ongoing outbreak of Measles cases has been reported in southern California, and includes cases in San Diego. The outbreak is being monitored closely by the health services team in the WELLNESS CENTER; they are prepared to respond quickly to any suspicion of Measles on campus. If you are exposed to Measles, you may be required to provide evidence of immunity. You may be “home quarantined” for 2-3 weeks and not be allowed to attend classes or remain in the residence halls if unimmunized, or until immunity is proven. This has happened recently at two Southern California high schools, initiated by the Department of Public Health.

Most of the recent cases have been linked to an exposure at Disneyland in mid-December. Measles is a highly contagious airborne viral illness that can lead to serious complications, or (rarely) death. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also likely become infected. Infected people can spread measles to others from four days before to four days after the rash appears.
Symptoms usually begin 10-12 days (up to 21 days) after exposure. The symptoms are high fever, cough, and runny nose, red watery eyes, followed a few days later by a distinct red rash.

Fortunately, Measles can be prevented through vaccination. The MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine is a highly effective vaccine that is part of the routine childhood vaccine series in the U.S. and most foreign countries. The vast majority of individuals who contracted Measles in this recent San Diego/ Disneyland outbreak were unvaccinated.

The MMR vaccine is required for undergraduate enrollment at PLNU; a majority of undergraduate PLNU students are protected. University students who do not have evidence of immunity against measles need two doses of MMR vaccine, separated by at least 28 days. Two doses of the MMR vaccine, is 99% effective in preventing disease. If you have NOT received 2 doses of the MMR vaccine, you are at increased risk of measles. Again, if you are exposed to Measles, the Department of Public Health may require you to be “home quarantined” for 2 weeks. This could have significant impact as you will not be able to attend classes or remain in the residence halls.

If you have NOT submitted documentation of PLNU’s required immunizations and TB screening, it is highly recommended that you do so now, before a potential exposure.

If you’d like to discuss your risk, immunization status, receive a lab test to determine your immunity, or receive the vaccine, please call The WELLNESS CENTER at 619-849-2574.

If you are concerned about having measles symptoms, please isolate yourselves and call ahead to The WELLNESS CENTER and arrange to be evaluated without potentially increasing the spread of infection. Please call 619-849-2574.

More information about Measles can be found at the CDC measles website.

1/30/15: Power Outage

By | 2015-01-30

UPDATED: Power is out to a portion of the Point Loma campus. The affected buildings include Rohr Science, Bond Academic Center, Salomon Theater, Keller Visual Arts Center, Public Safety, Campus Facilities and the Athletic Complex. No residence halls are impacted. SDG&E estimates power will be restored by 10am. Normal class and work schedules remain in effect.

11/28/14: Shooting Near Campus

By | 2014-11-28

A domestic disturbance in a neighborhood close to campus at approx. 3am on Friday morning has resulted in the deaths of at least two non campus persons. Police have indicated there is no need to lock down the campus as there are no suspects outstanding at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation.

Health & Safety Announcement: Response to Southwestern College Event on 10/16/14

By | 2014-10-17

A number of individuals have asked questions about false disease reports at Southwestern College in Chula Vista yesterday. I wanted to let you know that, as a standard practice, we regularly communicate with public health officials and routinely monitor the health and welfare of the campus community. As part of our health and safety planning, PLNU’s Wellness Center staff members are fully up-to-date on the CDC’s recommendations (www.cdc.gov) regarding infectious disease prevention and care. We are committed to following its protocols and leadership, and are prepared to take significant and immediate action on campus should the need arise.

The Wellness Center is a member of the CHANSan Diego (California Health Alert) Network, which provides up-to-date information, procedures and protocols on the management of infectious disease outbreaks. Currently, both the state and federal government are continuing to rework protocols and pathways for communities to utilize should additional cases surface. We are committed to keeping the campus community up to date as additional information is shared.

PLNU also participates in a consortium of college and university health centers in San Diego, and we are in direct contact with local public health officials to stay abreast of news developments. The Wellness Center team is a part of the San Diego Universities and Colleges County Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Services Group. This group consists of San Diego city and county college and university campus health center directors, public health, medical and laboratory professionals. The group is led by Dr. Wilma Wooten, MD, M.P.H., Health Officer, Principal Investigator and Director Public Health Services San Diego County HHSA.

The PLNU administration takes all news reports seriously and will keep parents, faculty, students and staff updated regarding any health concerns. In addition, the Wellness Center team is available to respond to health and safety concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact the center at any time with your questions.

Although the nation is increasingly aware of the infectious disease from abroad, we want to encourage precautions against a more common local health concern. On campuses around the country, the flu places more individuals at risk than any other infectious disease. The flu lowers immune systems and can be harmful to individuals of all ages. We strongly encourage every member of our campus community to receive a flu shot as a preventative measure. This provides a safety measure, not only for the individual, but also for the greater campus community.

Again, Point Loma Nazarene University is committed to providing a positive and safe campus environment for every student, faculty, staff and visitor.

Dr. Caye Smith

Caye Barton Smith, Psy.D.
Vice President for Student Development
Point Loma Nazarene University

Great California ShakeOut

By | 2014-10-16

Today at 10:16 a.m. the Great California ShakeOut annual statewide earthquake drill will occur. PLNU’s participation will include an informational e-mail and a text message sent out via the university’s mass notification system. Refer to http://www.shakeout.org/ for additional details.

This is an informational exercise only and should not interrupt your daily schedule in any way. Remember, Drop! Cover! Hold On!” Please view the one minute video at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijKGH3WKo3Q&feature=player_embedded
If you are interested in putting together an emergency kit for your office or home there are many websites that can help. One such website referenced by theShakeOut organizers is: http://www.moreprepared.com/. The Red Cross store also has emergency preparation supplies: http://www.redcrossstore.org/shopper/category.aspx?LocationId=1

PLNU Emergency Site

By | 2013-11-05

The PLNU emergency.pointloma.edu website provides updates to students, families, and the community regarding emergencies at or near Point Loma Nazarene University’s campus and regional centers.

If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency right now, please dial 911 immediately and then call Public Safety at x2525 so they can coordinate and assist with the arrival of emergency responders.

For additional information about PLNU’s emergency response plans, please visit:
– Public Safety website
– Public Safety portal (login required).