Seasonal Flu Information

As a way for students and the entire campus community to become knowledgeable about the seasonal flu, the college offers the following information:

Symptoms

  • fever (100°+),
  • cough,
  • sore throat,
  • body aches,
  • headache,
  • chills
  • and fatigue.
  • Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting.

Action Steps for Students, Faculty, and Staff to Prevent the Spread of Flu

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends four main ways you may keep from getting sick with the flu:

  1. Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  2. Cover 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.
  3. Stay home or at your place of residence if you are sick for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). Staying away from others while sick can prevent others from getting sick too. Ask a roommate, friend, or family member to check up on you and to bring you food and supplies if needed.
  4. Talk to your health care provider to find out if you should be vaccinated for seasonal flu.  Information about seasonal flu vaccine can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm.