As you know, flu can be spread easily from person to person. Therefore, we are taking steps to prevent the spread of flu at Richland College, but we need your help to accomplish this.
We are working closely with the Dallas County Health and Human Services to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take concerning our college. We will keep you updated with new information as it becomes available.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following measures to help reduce the spread of flu:
* Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. At Richland, you will find hand-sanitizer dispensers at building entrances and throughout the campus.
* 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 that 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if the person feels very warm, has a flushed appearance, or is sweating or shivering. Symptoms of flu may include fever, cough, sore throat, headache, body aches, chills, fatigue, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea or runny/stuffy nose.
* Stay home 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 fever (chills, feel very warm, have 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.
* Consult with your health care providers about whether you should be vaccinated for seasonal flu. For more information about priority groups for vaccination, visit www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/acip.htm.
If you have flu symptoms, please consult your primary health care provider or visit the Health Center in Thunderduck Hall (T110).
For additional questions or concerns, please stop by the Health Center or call (972) 238-6135.