With CDC predictions that the current flu season may be one of the worst in recent memory, Meredith College has taken precautions to help limit the flu impact on campus.
Experts say getting a flu shot is the best way to avoid getting the flu. Beginning in the fall semester, Meredith College held five flu vaccine clinics, vaccinating a total of 473 students, faculty and staff members. The Health Center sponsored the clinics.
In addition to getting a flu shot, Health Services Director Sherri Henderson suggests the following ways to avoid the flu.
If you are sick:
Meredith’s Incident Management Team, led by Dean of Students Ann Gleason, has put together a plan to minimize the impact of the flu on campus. Meredith’s Carroll Health Center will notify the Dean of Students office of any students who are diagnosed with an influenza-like virus. These students will be asked to self-isolate at home if possible. Students who cannot return home will be provided with an isolation room on campus.
Guidelines for students with the flu include isolating until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications (Tylenol or Motrin), staying in daily communication with professors and the Dean of Students so the College knows how they are doing and when they expect to return. Students are also asked to be evaluated at the Health Center before returning to class.
For more information on Meredith College’s flu season preventive measures, contact Sherri Henderson, director of health services, at ext. 8535. For more, visit www.cdc.gov/flu.
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