If you think you may have the flu, contact the Health Center to schedule an appointment during office hours. When the office is closed go to Urgent Care or the local emergency room.
If you need to speak to a Registered Nurse nights or weekends, call 1-800-365-4180.
Message on Flu Prevention
Dear students, faculty, and staff,
As you may know, flu can be spread easily from person to person. Therefore, we are taking steps to prevent the spread of flu at Utica College, but we need your help to accomplish this.
Here are a few things you can do to help:
- Get Vaccinated! The Student Health Center will be offering seasonal flu vaccine to current students and staff in conjunction with local Rite Aid Pharmacies. Flu Shot Clinics will take place on 9/17/2018, 10/1/2018, and 10/2/2018 in Strebel Lounge for students and faculty. Be sure to bring proof of your health insurance plan.
- Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water,especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective.
- Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
- Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. A fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if you feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating or shivering. Symptoms of flu include fever and chills and cough or sore throat. In addition, symptoms of flu can include runny nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, diarrhea, or vomiting.
- Stay home or in your residence hall room if you have flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) 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 that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). Don't go to class or work.
- Talk with your health care provider about whether you should be vaccinated for seasonal flu and stop by the Student Health Center and get vaccinated!!! (Current Students Only).
- For the most up-to-date information on flu, visit www.flu.gov, or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636).
Terri Sherman, MS, ANP-BC
Director/Nurse Practitioner of the Health Center
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