To CCSU Students, Faculty, Staff, and Parents
As we prepare for the start of the spring semester, we are being met by a very early flu season. Now is the time to review some simple steps to keep yourself and the campus as healthy as possible.
Make sure you have these basic supplies:
- A simple electronic thermometer;
- Hand sanitizer;
- Disinfectant spray or wipes for use on shared workspaces such as desks in classrooms;
- Tissues; and
- Over-the counter symptom relieving medicines like ibuprofen or Tylenol (remember that aspirin and products containing aspirin can be dangerous for those of you under 19 if you have the flu).
Practice good hand hygiene
- Wash your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective, and we encourage you to carry one with you.
Practice respiratory etiquette
- 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.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
Get a seasonal flu shot (it is not too late)!
- Shots are widely available this year through your primary care provider, most local pharmacies, or local Departments of Health. You can also use this link to find a flu shot: http://www.flu.gov/ .
- University Health Services still has flu shots available. Please call us to schedule an appointment at 860-832-1925 or on-line through our student health link: www.ccsu.edu/shl .
If you do get sick, especially if you have a fever, please remember that influenza is highly contagious and potentially dangerous. Influenza can keep you in bed for over 7 days; all the more reason to remind ourselves of how to avoid this illness.
- Stay home or go home if you have a flu-like illness
If you have a fever over 100° F or symptoms of fever (chills, night sweats) accompanied by cough, body aches, sore throat, runny nose, headache, fatigue, diarrhea, or vomiting, you have a flu-like illness. Basically, think of it as a cold with a low-grade fever. Don’t go to class or work. Contact your primary care provider or University Health Services for advice or, if you are very ill, for an appointment. Please follow your usual absentee policies and contact your instructors or supervisors.
- Discuss absentee policies with your instructors.
- Identify friends in each class who will get notes and other coursework for you if you become ill.
For the most up-to-date information on flu, visit www.flu.gov, or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636).
Christopher R. Diamond, MD
Director of Health Services
Central Connecticut State University