Tips for Preventing the Seasonal Influenza Virus

GUIDELINES FOR PERSONAL AND COLLEGE-WIDE HYGIENE AND HEALTH
DURING POSSIBLE INCREASE OF SEASONAL INFLUENZA VIRUS (THE FLU)

The College is aware of the possible increase of the flu this season among our students, families, friends, classmates and co-workers. The following are some BASIC STEPS to protect yourselves and those around you in order to maintain good health and limit infection.

  1. Wash and/or sanitize hands frequently, coming into the College, during your daily activities between classes, school activities or work, as well as when getting ready to leave the College at the end of your day. Hand Sanitizers are located throughout the College at all campuses and will be frequently replenished during the flu season. PLEASE USE THEM!
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  3. Cover nose and mouth while sneezing and/or coughing, with tissues and/or handkerchiefs and wash and or sanitize hands immediately thereafter; if you do not have a tissue or handkerchief, use your upper sleeve to prevent spreading germs;
  4. Use tissues and/or handkerchiefs for runny nose and discard/launder appropriately on a daily basis;
  5. Sanitize desks and other classroom and work surfaces, including phones and computer keyboards, on a daily basis. Sanitary cleansing wipes for these surfaces will be provided. PLEASE USE THEM!
  6. Keep a safe distance from others who may be infected, or who are coughing or sneezing, and, if you come down with the flu, stay at home, visit your doctor and notify the College of your illness preventing you from attending class or coming to work;
  7. Promote healthy lifestyles at all times, for yourselves and those around you, by including good nutrition in your diet, daily exercise and smoking cessation. Your overall health impacts your body’s immune system and can affect your ability to fight off or recover from the flu or any other infectious disease.

Flu vaccine may be available from your personal physician or at various sites within your communities, including local pharmacies. Getting the flu vaccine now can still prevent you from getting the flu or reducing its impact if you do get infected. Contact your doctor or local urgent care facility if you become seriously ill and go to a hospital emergency room if you need immediate attention.

The College will keep you informed here of any additional helpful information and/or BASIC FACTS as they become available. The most important thing during the flu season is to take care of yourselves, and be responsible for your own health and limiting the spread of infection to others.