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Health Information

As you know, flu season is upon us.

Whether you are a resident living on campus, a commuter student, or you are a member of the faculty or staff, being part of the campus community brings you into contact with many individuals each day. We are all aware of cases of H1N1 flu in our region.gals

We are doing everything possible to prevent the spread of the flu, but we need your help to accomplish this. During cold and flu season, taking simple precautions can prevent catching an illness and may help prevent passing an illness on to others.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends being vaccinated for both the seasonal flu and H1N1 flu. The seasonal flu vaccine is currently available at local health departments and pharmacies.

The Sullivan County Regional Health Department has received their first shipment of H1N1 vaccine in the form of the nasal mist. This first shipment is being offered to healthy individuals between the ages of 2 to 49 years old. If you would like to make an appointment for the H1N1 nasal mist flu vaccination for yourself or a loved one between the ages of 2 and 49, call 423.279.2663.

Seasonal flu vaccine is still available at most health centers, as well as local pharmacies.

We will keep you apprised of additional locations to receive the H1N1 vaccine as shipments of the H1N1 vaccine are received in our area.

If you think you have the flu, and are a:

  • Residential Student - Immediately contact your Residence Life staff (resident assistant, area coordinator). If you are unable to reach them, contact Student Affairs at 652-4740. Go home, and seek medical attention. If it is impossible for you to go home, please let the Residence Life staff know.
  • Commuter Student - Go home. Seek medical attention. Then immediately contact Student Affairs at 652-4740.
  • Faculty/Staff Member - Go home. Seek medical attention. Immediately contact your supervisor.

To prevent the spread of illness, please keep these helpful hints in mind:

  1. Avoid close contact. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  2. Stay home when you are sick. Stay at home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine containing ibuprofen or acetaminophen). Staying away from others while sick can prevent others from getting sick too.
  3. Cover your mouth and nose. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not your hands. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
  4. Practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  6. Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Symptoms of flu include fever or chills and cough or sore throat. In addition, symptoms of flu can include runny nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, diarrhea, or vomiting. A fever is a temperature equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius when taken with a thermometer. Look for these possible signs of fever: if a person feels very warm, has a flushed appearance, or is sweating or shivering.
  7. Frequently clean your living quarters. You should frequently clean commonly used surfaces such as doorknobs, refrigerator handles, remote controls, computer keyboards, countertops, faucet handles, and bathroom areas.
  8. Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

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