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Pam Spear
Director of Baird Health and Counseling Center
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Influenza

This site provides guidance on infection prevention and control for Colby-Sawyer students, faculty, staff and the community at large.

FLU Precautions:

Reminder to continue to be vigilant against flu-like illness:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Clean commonly touched surfaces
  • Cover when you cough or sneeze
  • Allow social distances where possible

Seasonal Flu Vaccine

Seasonal flu vaccine is available to students free of charge. Staff & faculty pay $15. The Colby-Sawyer community is encouraged to get seasonal flu shots to guard against influenza.

Clinics for 2012-2013 are scheduled as follows pending the availability of vaccine:

2012-2013 Clinics
Monday, October 1, 2012 3 PM - 6 PM Sawyer Center Curb
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 4 PM - 6 PM Mercer Gym
Alternate dates if vaccine is not available are TBD

If you miss a clinic, please call Baird Health & Counseling Center x3621 to schedule an appointment for a seasonal flu shot while supply lasts.

Seek Immediate Medical Attention For:

  • intractable fever >104 degrees F (persistent, not going away)
  • intractable vomiting
  • breathing difficulty

Students should call Baird Health Center at once, or Campus Safety if after hours: Campus Safety: EMERGENCY x3300 or non-emergency x3675.

Be Prepared with Supplies

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Water/Sports drinks
  • Tissues
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Masks/Gloves
  • Digital thermometer

Protect Yourself & Others

Cover coughs and sneezes: Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person in respiratory droplets of coughs and sneezes. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or on one's sleeve. Dispose of tissue after use (preferably no-touch receptacles).

Improve hand hygiene: Wash hands often and thoroughly with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand cleaner (especially after coughing or sneezing).

Stay in when sick: If you have a fever (>100 degrees F / 37.8 degrees C), stay in and minimize your exposure to others. Students should go home to get well if they can. Return to classes and activities 24 hours after fever resolves without fever reducing medication (Tylenol, ibuprofen, etc.).

Get the recommended seasonal flu shot: The flu shot may prevent the seasonal virus. It is especially recommended for high-risk groups including those with chronic respiratory illnesses.

Increase social distances: Social interaction is important to a healthy lifestyle but consider what can be done to increase distances (avoid hand shakes; leave space between seating if possible, etc.). Don't share personal items like drinks, food or eating utensils.

Increase routine cleaning: Clean high-touch surfaces (bathrooms, doorknobs, elevator buttons, computer keyboards, remote controls, tables, desks etc.). Disposable wipes come in handy for this. Use the hand sanitizer before and after using campus keyboards.

What To Do When You're Sick

Those with flu-like illness should avoid classes and limit interactions with other people (called “self-isolation”) except to seek medical care, for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever, or signs of a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicines.

Some people with influenza will not have fever; therefore, absence of fever does not mean absence of infection. They should stay away from others during this time period even if they are taking antiviral drugs for treatment of the flu.

For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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