Kim Carver RN - Campus Nurse
Tami Laursen RN, BSN - Director of Health Services & Wellness
Lorie Stanton RN, BSN - Campus Nurse

Meningitis Update October 28, 2016

Last week we notified you of an instance of bacterial meningitis identified in an individual on campus. Since that time we have kept you updated in a timely manner and have relayed there were no additional cases reported to Health Services. There is no longer any risk of anyone else contracting this illness as symptoms typically develop within 3 – 7 days after exposure.

This message concludes reporting on this matter.

Meningitis Update October 24, 2016

At this time there is no additional information or cases to report.

Meningitis Update October 21, 2016 

As of this afternoon all persons who had been in close contact with the infected individual have been interviewed and treated, if necessary, as a precautionary measure. At this time there are no additional cases to report. In 2006 BVU changed the student health policy to include a meningitis vaccination which has alleviated significant concern and lessens the current risk. Another update will be provided on Monday, October 24, 2016. In the meantime questions can be directed to Health Services or Campus Security at the contact information below.

Meningitis Update October 20, 2016 

A student from the Storm Lake campus was confirmed Thursday, October 20, with bacterial meningitis, was treated and is recovering. Members of the BVU Student Health Services worked in collaboration with the Buena Vista County Public Health Department and the Iowa Department of Public Health to inform those individuals with whom the student had close personal contact. Those who had been in close contact with the infected individual were immediately treated.

Meningitis is spread by contact with mucus or droplets from the nose or throat of an infected person. It is most often spread between people with direct saliva contact by kissing, sharing cigarettes, lip balm, lip stick, sharing drinks or eating utensils and drug paraphernalia. Casual contact with someone with meningitis usually will not transmit the infectious agent. 

The most common signs and symptoms follow:

  • Elevated fever usually over 103 degrees
  • Achy joints
  • Severe headache
  • Nausea / vomiting
  • Stiff neck
  • Lethargy

For more information, you can reference the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. 

If you believe you have any of these symptoms, please contact BVU Health Services or your local health care provider if you are home over fall break.

- BVU Health Services
712-749-1238 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday)

Health Services Mission

The mission of Buena Vista University Health Services is to enhance the educational process by modifying, changing or removing health related barriers to learning, promoting optimal wellness, teaching and enabling individuals to make informed decisions about health related concerns, and empowering students to be self directed and well informed consumers of health care.

Buena Vista University Health Services is a professional, confidential service. Medical records are private and do not become part of the university record. We want students to feel comfortable and confident that they will be treated with courtesy and respect.

Health Services is a free professional and confidential service for students. Our office is located in the lower level of Siebens Fieldhouse, L-25 (adjacent to Finkbine Natatorium). Office hours are 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday and after hours through the residence life staff or campus security.

How to Work With Us

Freshman and Transfer Students

Please return your completed Student Health Form by August 1st. This form must be received and immunization status approved before you are permitted to complete the validation process.

View the Health/Athletic Forms page to view required forms.

Required Health Insurance

All full-time students (12 credit hours or more) and/or students residing on campus are required to have health insurance. If you have health insurance coverage and do not wish to be enrolled in the policy offered by Buena Vista University, complete the waiver form. (Please note that the policy being offered does not cover athletics). The cost of the policy offered by BVU will be added to the student's registration fees if the parent/guardian or the student does not return the waiver by the date indicated on the form. Any inquiries please contact the Business Office at 712.749.2041 or Health Services at 712.749.1238.