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To CCSU Students, Faculty, Staff, and Parents
is flu season!Even though
the H1N1 pandemic of 2009/2010 is past; H1N1 and two other strains of influenza are spreading
throughout the country and increasing in Connecticut.Flu season traditionally peaks during the spring semester and the
weeks after winter break are usually the busiest of the year in college health
centers.Last year students, staff, and
faculty did an admirable job of preventing a serious outbreak of H1N1 by
following the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines to prevent the spread
of infection.As upper respiratory
infections spread quickly among returning students, faculty, and staff, we must
all reacquaint ourselves with these guidelines to prevent a serious outbreak of
illness on campus.
of any strain is highly contagious and dangerous, but we know that 18-25 year
olds were far more likely to develop serious complications from H1N1 than the
usual seasonal flu.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
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
·Identify friends in each class who will get
notes and other coursework for you if you become ill.
·Students living on campus should discuss with
parents, other family, or friends, the possibility of being picked up in order
to recover at home until better and fever free.
·Be smart about returning to class
Students can return to campus or classes when they feel well
enough to do so and are fever free (temperature < 100° F) for
least 24 hours without the use of
fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or
acetaminophen).If no thermometer is available, there should be nosigns of a fever (chills, feeling very warm, flushed, or
sweating) for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing
medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen).
§We urge all students to have available the
simple electronic thermometer;
spray or wipes for use on shared workspaces such as desks in classrooms;
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).
good hand hygiene
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
mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
oIf you don’t
have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your
touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
seasonal flu shot (this year it also protects against H1N1)
Shots are widely available this year through
your primary care provider, most local pharmacies, or local Departments of
Health. There is a tool on http://www.flu.gov/ that will help to find a local
For the most up-to-date information on flu, visit www.flu.gov, or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636).
Instructors, please make it easy for students to self-isolate
§Please do not require medical excuse notes.Most
people with a flu-like illness do not need to seek medical care and the
requirement for notes adds an unnecessary burden to medical offices that will
be busy seeing very sick patients.
guidelines with your students at the beginning of the term making it clear that
you want students to follow these guidelines closely so that we limit the spread
of the flu.