Flu Preparedness: Your health is your personal responsibility
- Regularly wash your hands vigorously for 20 seconds with soap and water or with an alcohol base hand sanitizer.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow instead of your hands.
- Do not touch your, eyes, nose mouth with yours hands.
- Get the regular flu shot as well as the H1N1 shot when it becomes available.
- Routinely wipe down surfaces (desks, computer key board, telephone, door handles etc.) with disinfecting wipes.
- Prepare your own “Flu Kit” containing a thermometer, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, surgical mask, and fever reducing medication.
Signs and Symptoms
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Body aches
- Chills and fatigue
- Possible nausea, diarrhea and vomiting (These alone, particularly without a fever and cough, do not mean you have the flu)
Emergency Warning Signs
- Difficulty breathing
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Flu-like symptoms improve but return with a fever and worse cough
If you have any of the flu-like symptoms:
- Contact the Student Health Center (740-373-0792) 24/7 and follow the instructions given. During normal hours you will be able to speak to a person and after hours get a recorded message.
- If you have any of the Emergency Warning Signs and feel that you have severe illness contact Student Health Center, Student Life Office or Campus Police immediately to arrange transportation to the hospital.
- Part of taking responsibility for yourself is to also self-disclose any underlying health issues (diabetes, asthma, pregnancy) that could compromise your recovery.
If diagnosed with the flu please take the following steps:
- If you live within commuting distance or can go home please do so. If you leave campus to return home please report this using the Student Signout web site or call Linda See in the Student Life Office at ext. 4736 or by e-mail.
- If you are unable to go home please confine yourself to your room. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that you stay home/room for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care (your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine).
- Wear a surgical mask when you leave your room to go to the bathroom.
- Develop a buddy system with a friend who will check on you daily.
- Keep 6 feet apart from other individuals.
- Take your temperature daily and report daily your condition to Linda See in the Student Life Office at ext. 4736 or by email. Reporting to the Student Life Office will help the College to provide food and fluids while you are recovering in your room.
- Secure a prescription for an antiviral medication if diagnosed by a health care provider.
- If you have any of the Emergency Warning Signs contact the Student Health Center, Student Life Office or College Police immediately to arrange for transportation to the hospital.
Action Steps for faculty or staff:
- Call your supervisor to report that you have flu symptoms.
- Your supervisor will contact Vicki Ford so that the College can have an accurate count of the number of employees who may have the flu.
- Contact your health care provider and follow their instruction.
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that you stay home/room for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care (your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine).
- If you have any of the Emergency Warning Signs contact your health care provider and/or arrange for EMS transportation to the hospital.