Flyers Fighting the Flu
We offered 3 flu shot clinics in September and October 2013 and immunized over 500 in the Nazareth community. If you were not able to get a flu shot then, please arrange to get one over Thanksgiving or the longer winter break. This is especially important for those students with chronic diseases (asthma, diabetes etc) and for those living in residence halls and other group living situations.
Remember it takes about 2 weeks to develop immunity after you get the shot.
And you CANNOT get the flu from the flu shot!!
Prevention Tips for flu and all upper respiratory infections:
Wash your hands regularly. Use soap and water if available and carry hand sanitizer with you to use at other times. Remember hand sanitizer must be dry to be effective.
Stay healthy. Proper diet, rest 9.25 hours uninterrupted sleep! Yes, did you see the sleep doctor lecture in September?) and regular exercise are your best defenses.
Avoid touching your face. Germs are spread from you hands to your mucous membranes that way. See #1!
Get help if necessary.Call the Student Wellness Center (585 389-2500) for an appointment if you do feel ill and one of our providers will be happy to see you.
What can I do to prevent getting the flu?
- Get your flu shot each year when it becomes available.
For 2012 year, flu shots will be given in the International Room in Shults on October 2 from 9am-3pm and on October 17 from 10am-5pm. The following insurances are accepted: Blue Cross/BLue Shield, Excellus, Aetna, MVP, Univera, Independent Health, Cigna, POMCO, RMSCO and Medicare. YOU MUST BRING YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE CARD WITH YOU!
In addition to the immunization you should do the following: * Wash hands regularly with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Don't touch your hands to your face.
- Regularly clean surfaces and items that people frequently touch with normal household cleaning supplies.
- Know the signs and symptoms of the flu.
- Avoid contact with those who appear sick.
- Get 7-8 hours sleep nightly and eat balanced meals.
- Encourage others to follow these guidelines!
What should I do if I think I have the flu?
- Call Student Health Services at (585) 389-2500 to talk to one of the nurses.
- Come into the Student Wellness Center to be evaluated.
- Call FoneMed at (866) 910-5313 if the Student Wellness Center is closed.
- See your health care provider at home.
If I'm told I have an influenza-like illness (ILI) by Health Services or my own health care provider, what should I do?
- Our #1 recommendation is that sick students go home. This self-isolation is necessary to prevent spread of the virus. Send an email to each of your professors to notify them that you're sick and will not be in class. Contact your athletic trainer or coach if you play an intercollegiate sport.
- If you cannot go home, you should remain in your room or off-campus apartment. Don't go to class, the dining hall, athletic practice or other group activities.
- Ask a friend or roommate to be your flu buddy: your buddy will take your ID card to the dining hall for food and bring it to you; she or he will also check up on you periodically. Sign up to be a flu buddy here.
- If you don't have a flu buddy and you live on campus, call Chartwells Dining Services at 585-389-2077 to request that food be delivered to your room.
- Follow the treatment plan of your health care provider!
What else should I do?
- Avoid close contact (stay at least six feet away) with others until 24 hours without fever (must be off fever reducing medications for 24 hours).
- Wear a mask when in the presence of family members or roommates.
- Wash hands well and frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cough into your shoulder or elbow.
Will I be able to make up missed classes, exams and assignments?
Please consult Policy for Student Absences to find out what to do if you miss class or assignments.
What should I do if my roommate gets sick?
Decide whether you want to be her/his flu buddy. If you answer yes, you can sign up to be a flu buddy here. In addition, you should minimize close contact with your roommate and ask that she/he wear a mask when you're in the room together, as well as follow the precautions listed under "What can I do to prevent getting the flu?" You can also ask your roommate to follow the guidelines noted under "If I'm told I have an influenza-like illness (ILI) by Health Services or my own health care provider, what should I do?"
What should I do if I have a pre-existing condition?
- Be extra vigilant about avoiding contact with sick persons and follow the suggestions under "What can I do to prevent getting the flu?"
- Go to Health Services as soon as possible to receive early anti-viral treatment if you do get sick.
Where can I get a thermometer and mask if I get sick?
Go to the Student Wellness Center and the staff will be happy to provide these items or tell you where you can purchase them.
Is the College performing special cleaning to prevent transmission of the flu?
Frequently used surfaces, like doorknobs, hand rails, office counters, keyboards in computer labs, etc., are being cleaned regularly and more frequently than usual. All public bathrooms have been outfitted with antibacterial foam soap dispensers and no-touch paper towel dispensers will be placed in all bathrooms by the end of October. In addition, alcohol-based hand cleaner stations are being placed at various locations around campus.
How do I get meals if I'm self isolating?
Ask a friend or roommate to be your flu buddy: your buddy will take your ID card to the dining hall for food and bring it to you; she or he will also check up on you periodically. Sign up to be a flu buddy here. If you do not have a flu buddy and you live on campus, call Chartwells Dining Services at (585) 389-2077 to request that food be delivered to your room.