Cold and Flu Season Hits W&L
The Student Health Center is seeing a high volume of students reporting cold and flu-like symptoms and other illnesses. A significant number of these students have been diagnosed with the flu. Please take care and follow these steps to prevent the spread of illness:
Action Steps You Can Take to Prevent Spreading Germs:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based cleaners are also effective. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, as this spreads germs from surfaces you may have touched. Do not share cups, food/drink, or eating utensils.
- Cover your cough -- cough or sneeze into a tissue or your upper shirt sleeve. Dispose of the tissue immediately in a trash can and wash your hands. Do not cough or sneeze into your hands.
- Avoid contact with others who are sick. Try to stay at least three feet away from someone who is coughing or sneezing, or six feet away from someone who is known to have influenza to avoid airborne spread of the virus. This virus is also commonly spread by touching contaminated surfaces such as door knobs, key boards, desks, faucet handles, counters, etc. These should be cleaned prior to each use with disposable disinfecting wipes.
- Get vaccinated against influenza NOW. It's not too late. Everyone aged six months or older should get vaccinated for seasonal flu each year. The vaccine will protect against multiple strains of flu that may circulate at different times during the flu season. The Student Health Center still has some does. Vaccines are also available at CVS, Kroger, or the Health Department.
- Stay home if you are sick with flu-like symptoms, until at least 24 hours after fever has resolved without the use of fever-reducing medications. This can prevent others from getting sick, too. Ask a "flu buddy" to check on you and bring you food and supplies as needed. Use Dining Services' sick meal request form to order carry out meals. This will limit the number of people you might expose to the flu while you are sick. See your healthcare provider early in the illness to consider anti-viral medication to treat the flu.
For more information:
- Student Health Center: Davis Hall, 540-458-8401
- Dining Services Sick Meal Request Form
- Virginia Department of Health
- W&L Health Library