Flu FAQS

 

What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?
There is no vaccine available to protect against the flu virus. However, vaccine is in production and may be ready for the public this fall.

You should take these everyday steps to prevent the spread of germs and to protect your health:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 15- 20 seconds, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol- based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that people remain a distance of at least six feet from a person who is sick.

How do I know if I have the flu virus?
The symptoms of the flu are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with the flu. The seasonal flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.

Will I be able to stay on campus if I develop flu – like symptoms?
Students who live on campus who think they may have the flu should call their parent or guardian and arrange to go home immediately. Students are expected to notify their professors and make arrangements for missed schoolwork. Students who are ill should remain at home for at least 24 hours after they are fever free (without the use of a fever–reducing medicine).

What if I cannot go home because I live far away?
Resident students who cannot go home, should self isolate in their room and avoid contact with others for at least 24 hours after they are fever free (without the use of a fever–reducing medicine). This is to keep from making others sick. There will be a dining delivery service for these students during the time that they are self isolated.

What should I do if I am sick?
If you are sick with flu like symptoms you should call the Flu Emergency Line (203-232-1799). The person answering or calling you back will ask you a number of questions and help provide for your needs, whether short term until someone picks you up or long term, lacking the ability to leave you would be put on the self isolation list. Several different Flu kits will be available and depending on the circumstances someone will deliver what you are going to need for the short hall.

When can I return to class?
If you have demonstrated a flu-like illness, you can return to class 24 hours after you are fever free (without the use of a fever–reducing medicine).

How will my class attendance, work, or participation in campus activities be affected if I develop flu-like symptoms?
Students are not to attend class, work, or other campus activities. Students are expected to notify their professors and make arrangements for missed schoolwork. Ill students are encouraged to follow the course, get notes, and continue reading.

What if have been exposed to someone who has the flu?
If you have close contact with someone who has the flu or is being treated for exposure to the flu, you should call the Flu Emergency Line (203-232-1799) to discuss whether treatment is needed to reduce your chances of getting the flu.

How will Post communicate with me?
Updates about the flu virus will be posted on the Post University website.