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Seasonal Flu Information
Flu Season Preparedness and Planning
Heald is preparing for seasonal flu outbreaks.
Heald College has been carefully following the news regarding 2013 Seasonal flu, utilizing the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Web site as our main source for information. With the flu season quickly approaching, Heald is taking steps to prevent, minimize and respond to outbreaks of seasonal flu
Heald's efforts are designed to decrease exposure to regular seasonal flu while maintaining regular day-to-day operations and routine campus activities. Current attendance policies as published in the Heald College Academic Catalog continue to apply.
Heald has routine cleaning protocols in place for its facilities and continues to emphasize that these protocols be followed at all locations. This includes frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces throughout the work or learning environment. Hand sanitizer dispensers are accessible in classrooms and offices when cleansing with soap and water is not convenient.
Vaccination is the most powerful tool in preventing spread of flu. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine as soon as vaccine is available this fall. While flu is unpredictable, it’s likely that 2013 H3N2 viruses and regular seasonal viruses will cause illness in the U.S. this flu season. The 2013 vaccine will protect against three different flu viruses: an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus that caused so much illness last season.
Students, faculty and staff should continue to take the following precautions to prevent the spread of infection:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. Sanitizers have been placed in locations throughout campus. If there is a location you feel needs a sanitizer installed, please contact the safety director on your campus.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
If you're sick with the flu or have flu symptoms:
- Stay home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever, or signs of a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicines. People infected with seasonal flu may be able to infect others from a day before getting sick to seven days after experiencing flu symptoms.
- Stay away from classes and limit interactions with other people, except to seek medical care.
- Get a “flu buddy,” pairing up with another student to deliver your assignments and make contact with instructors if you're ill.
Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
- Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
* It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
Pertussis, a respiratory illness commonly known as whooping cough, is a contagious disease caused by a type of bacteria called Bordetella pertussis.
Pertussis is a contagious disease only found in humans and is spread from person to person. People with pertussis usually spread the disease by coughing or sneezing while in close contact with others, who then breathe in the pertussis bacteria.
Prevention – Vaccines
The best way to prevent pertussis (whooping cough) among adults is to get vaccinated. The easiest thing for adults to do is to get Tdap instead of their next regular tetanus booster—that Td shot that they were supposed to get every 10 years. The dose of Tdap can be given earlier than the 10-year mark, so it is a good idea for adults to talk to a healthcare provider about what is best for their specific situation.
Please take the exact precautions listed above for seasonal flu in the prevention section.
Heald College places a high priority on encouraging good health habits and recognizes the importance of maintaining a healthy work and learning environment. With your assistance in following the directives and recommendations provided, Heald hopes to minimize the spread of serious illness at our campuses and CAO.
For more information, please contact:
Heald Corporate Safety Coordinator