Preventing Infectious Disease/Flu

Infectious Disease/Flu
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:
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