14 Jan 2014

Flu Service Announcement

It’s flu season once again, so to promote better health, we encourage you to get a flu shot.

Getting an annual flu vaccine is an effective way to prevent the flu. The virus that causes flu exists in several strains, and researchers continuously strive to match the vaccine to the strains that are most prevalent.

Vaccination is a good idea for just about everyone, especially:

      • children aged six months to five years
      • adults 50 and over
      • pregnant women
      • individuals with chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease.

Who shouldn’t be vaccinated? Children less than six months of age, anyone with a severe allergy to chicken eggs, and those who experienced a reaction to a flu vaccination in the past should avoid the shot.

Besides getting vaccinated, here are a few things that you can do to help reduce the spread of the flu virus within the college community:

      • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective.
      • Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth because germs are spread this way.
      • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. These include fever or chills and cough or sore throat. Fever is temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Symptoms of flu can also include runny nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, diarrhea or vomiting.

 

If you are diagnosed with the flu, we are going to ask that you self-isolate (remove yourself from contact from other people) for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever without being on fever-reducing medication.  This can be done in one of the following ways:

  1. If you live on campus or commute, return home to your permanent residence (for example, your parents’ home) if possible.
  2. If you are unable to go home and live in on-campus housing, stay in your home and confine yourself to your bedroom and bathroom.

For more information please visit the CDC website at: www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/stopgerms.htm

Here’s to your Health!
Vice President of Student Services Office Staff

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