Each year the Centers for Disease Control recommendations for the prevention and control of influenza. CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older. Flu activity is epidemic across the United States now. It usually begins to increase in October and most commonly peaks between January and March. It is not too late to get your flu shot.
It takes two weeks to build up immunity from the vaccine, so get it soon!
If a student does contract the flu, we strongly recommend the following:
- Go home if possible
- Stay out of class until fever free (< 100◦F) for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine.
- Consult with your health-care provider if you have any underlying chronic respiratory, cardiac or neurological conditions that might cause complications.
- Notify all professors via email about absence.
- If possible, try to keep up with academic work by reading assignments and accessing lecture capture if available via computer.
- Students will not need a note excusing their absence.
- For detailed information on how to care for yourself please read: “Flu: What You Can Do; Caring for People at Home” (pdf).
Residential students remaining on campus who are ill should:
- Self-isolate in their room, avoiding all common areas, especially the dining hall.
- Contact their RA to make arrangements for food and fluids to be delivered to their room.
- Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated and get plenty of rest.
- Wear a mask when using shared bathrooms. Supplies are available in each residence.
- Keep in frequent contact with family.
Call Emergency Medical Services at 978-934-2911 for any serious symptoms, including:
- Rapid heart rate
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Fever greater than 104◦F that cannot be reduced with by fever-reducing medicines
- Sudden dizziness or confusion
- Severe chest or abdominal pain
With a strong community effort we hope to have a healthy start to the semester.