The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is not recommending closing schools; however, the best advice for you at this time is to take personal precautions to keep yourself and those around you healthy by following these steps:
What can I do to prevent contraction of the flu?
If I am a residential student, how can I prepare?
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Know the signs and symptoms of the flu.
- Identify a buddy who can bring you food, medications, school assignments, etc.
- Have a supply of food, water, juices and disposable tissues.
- Compile phone numbers and/or e-mail addresses of family, friends and professors you would need to contact.
- Maintain an adequate supply of clean clothes.
What if I have flu-like symptoms?
- Residential students with flu-like symptoms who live within the greater Houston-Galveston metropolitan area should notify the Office of Residence Life and return home.
Those from a greater distance should return to their dorm room, notify the Office of Residence Life (713-525-3836) and follow guidelines as advised by Residence Life.
- Students who are ill should stay away from others for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever, or signs of a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicines even if taking antiviral drugs.
- Non-residential students with flu-like symptoms should go home, and do so in a way that limits contact with others as much as possible. For example, travel by private car or taxi would be preferable over use of public transportation.
- Students should make an appointment to see a physician. If you do not have a physician, you may call the University of Texas Health Services at 713-500-3248 to make an appointment.
- Faculty and staff should contact their primary care physician.
What if I have a confirmed case of H1N1 flu?
- Students should contact the University of St. Thomas Office of Health Promotion and Wellness at 713-525-3513.
- If you are an on-campus resident, also contact the Office of Residence Life at 713-525-3836.
- Please understand that it is the student’s responsibility to contact his/her professors if he/she is ill and will miss class.
- Faculty and staff should contact their immediate supervisor.