Illnesses can spread quickly on a college campus, especially the flu virus. Bacteria and viruses can affect you and your friends on campus, and they can also affect your family during a visit home.
To prevent contraction of the flu and other illnesses:
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw it away.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth to prevent spreading germs.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
Keep surfaces clean, especially computer keyboard and mouse, light switches, TV remotes, phone and door and cabinet handles.
Know the signs and symptoms of the flu.
If you have flu-like symptoms:
Students living on campus should tell their Resident Assistant and return home or follow guidelines as advised by Residence Life.
People who are ill should stay away from others for at least 24 hours until they no longer have a fever, or signs of a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
People with flu-like symptoms should go home and avoid using public transportation.
Faculty and staff should contact their primary care physician.
Students without a physician may call the University of Texas Health Services at 713-500-3248 to make an appointment.
If you have a confirmed case of a pandemic illness:
Contact the UST Office of Health Promotion and Wellness at 713-525-3513.
On-campus residents should also contact the Office of Residence Life at 713-525-3836.
Students should contact his/her professors if he/she is ill and will miss class.
Faculty and staff members should contact their immediate supervisor.
Seasonal flu shots are available on campus in the fall. Check the UST Website for information: www.stthom.edu/wellness.
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