Preventive Measures

  • Regularly wash your hands vigorously for 20 seconds with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow instead of your hands.
  • Do not touch your, eyes, nose mouth with your hands.
  • Get the flu shot.
  • Routinely wipe down surfaces (desks, computer keyboard, 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

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Body aches
  • Headaches
  • 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
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but return with a fever and worse cough

Action Steps

If you have any of the flu-like symptoms:

  • Contact the Center for Health and Wellness at (740) 376-4477 to schedule an appointment, or go there in person (use the Seventh Street side of Harrison Hall) to have your symptoms evaluated. If it is after hours or the weekend, you can go to Physician's Care at 800 Pike St., by Walmart, (740) 373-3960) or Quick Care at 26 Acme St., by Kroger, (740) 374-4540.
  • If you have any of the Emergency Warning Signs and feel that you have severe illness, immediately contact Marietta College Police at (740) 376-3333 to arrange transportation to the Marietta Memorial Hospital Emergency Room. Alternatively, you can have someone take you to the ER at 401 Matthew St., (740) 374-1400).

If diagnosed with the flu please take the following steps:

  • If you are seen at the Center for Health and Wellness and they determine that you should not be attending classes, they will notify your instructors and will also advise you of the steps you should take to recover from the flu. If you receive a flu diagnosis from a different healthcare provider and they advise that you should not be attending classes, please provide that documentation to the Lisa Scott in the Center for Health and Wellness at (740) 376-4477 or lisa.scott@marietta.edu, or to Natalie Wood in the Student Life Office at (740) 376-4736 or natalie.wood@marietta.edu.
  • If you are told not to attend class, please confine yourself to your room or your home. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends that you stay in your room or at home 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 away from other individuals.
  • Take your temperature and report your condition daily to Lisa Scott in the Center for Health and Wellness at (740) 376-4477 or lisa.scott@marietta.edu, or to Natalie Wood in the Student Life Office at (740) 376-4736 or natalie.wood@marietta.edu. Sharing this information will allow the College to communicate with your instructors, and for residential students, it will also allow us to provide you the food and fluids you need while you're recovering in your room.
  • Have your prescription for any antiviral medication filled if a healthcare provider has prescribed that for you, and take the medication as directed.
  • If you have any of the Emergency Warning Signs for the flu, contact Marietta College Police immediately at (740) 376-3333 to arrange for transportation to the Marietta Memorial Hospital Emergency Room. Alternatively, you can have someone take you to the ER at 401 Matthew St., (740) 374-1400).

Action Steps for faculty or staff:

  • Call your supervisor to report that you have flu symptoms.
  • Your supervisor will contact Human Resources 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.