Influenza / Flu
Preventing the spread of Influenza / Flu
If you are well:
- Clean your hands frequently with soap and warm water for 20 seconds or using alcohol-based hand sanitizers when water is not available.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick whenever possible.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Get adequate sleep and good nutrition. Do not smoke or drink excessive alcohol.
- Do not share food or drinks.
If you become ill:
- Students, faculty or staff who live either on or off campus and who have ILI (Influenza Like Illness) should self-isolate (i.e., stay away from others) in their residence hall room or home for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities (their fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine). They should keep away from others as much as possible. This is to keep from making others sick.
- Families who are able to should consider bringing their ill students home to recuperate until at least 24 hours after the fever breaks.
- Those diagnosed will influenza should wear a face mask while in the presence of others. This can be provided by the Health and Wellness Center.
- Students who must miss class due to influenza should contact their professors about making up work.
- If students are ill and must remain in their rooms, they should select a classmate to collect academic work along with food and beverages.
Protection from the Flu
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Alcohol-based hand cleansers are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- If you do have the flu, stay home from work or school.