Important Influenza Update
If you exhibit flu or flu-like symptoms – cough, sore throat, fever – please stay home (commuter students, faculty and staff) or self-isolate (residential students) in your residence hall room. Also, it is best to avoid crowded indoor spaces and events.
Student Health Services is administering “pink slips” to students who have been diagnosed by College medical staff as having influenza-like illness or Flu. Students are advised to alert their professors and supervisors of their illness. Rather than visit with faculty and supervisors (and further spread illness) it is suggested that you snap a photo of your pink slip and e-mail it as notification of your illness and absence from class or work.
Students missing class because of the flu will not be penalized in any way.
Recommendations for preventing the flu and guidance for those who contract the virus:
Get a flu shot if you have not received one already. The CDC is still recommending the flu shot if you have not yet received one this flu season.
If you have the flu, we strongly recommend you be proactive and do the following:
- Self-isolate to prevent spreading the virus. Consider going home to rest. If you are not able to go home, do not attend classes or events until your fever is gone for 24 hours without having to take ibuprofen or Tylenol.
- Eat meals in your room until your fever is gone. Meal passes are provided by the Student Health Center to allow friends to bring meals to ill students.
- Rest, drink lots of fluids and take ibuprofen or Tylenol for fever.
- Return to the Health Center if your symptoms worsen.
Common questions regarding the flu:
For additional information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).