This year we are seeing much more influenza-like illness due to widespread flu activity in the surrounding community. According to the CDC's most recent data, we are experiencing almost twice as many cases as we typically would by this time of year. While the flu shot has not been as effective as we would like it to be, it is still the number one way to avoid serious illness.
In response to this year's challenging flu season, we offered additional opportunities for free flu shots. This year we have sponsored a total of seven flu clinics and vaccinated nearly 1,000 students and 324 staff. We continue to remain focused on prevention and have taken the following measures to prevent illness and respond to cases of influenza like illness on our campus:
- For those who have not had a flu shot yet, we continue to encourage and offer free vaccination in Health Services.
- Tamiflu can be prescribed when indicated and is available in our on-site pharmacy.
- Our on-site pharmacy also stocks several helpful OTC and prescription items for symptom management which can be dispensed as indicated.
- We have adopted scheduling to accommodate all ill students seeking appointments in Health Services.
- Implementation of a follow-up phone call protocol to students who have been seen in Health Services with influenza or influenza-like illness.
- Masks and hand sanitizer are available in the waiting room.
- Webpage and social media posts to review prevention and management of the flu, including how to minimize the spread of illness to others and encouraging those at high risk for complications from the flu to seek care immediately. There is also information posted on our webpage regarding on campus and off campus resources for obtaining health care and 24-hour nurse lines.
- Outreach activities with Housing and Residence Life to educate students about on-campus and off-campus health resources, tips on how to stay well and information on how to take care of oneself when ill.
- Gourmet Dining is offering room delivery of meals and beverages to students who have been diagnosed with the flu.
- Distribution of disposable thermometers and wallet-sized information cards to students differentiating the symptoms of the flu from the common cold.
- Students who are unable to walk over to Health Services can obtain assistance by calling our office or contacting security.
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