Updated: January 2014
Rates of flu-like illness continued their upward climb into the first week of 2014. The flu will continue to spread in our area well into the early spring. It is absolutely not too late to protect yourself from the worst of flu season by getting a flu shot. It takes two weeks to build up immunity from the vaccine, so get it today! Please contact your health care provider, your local board of health or your local pharmacy to get vaccinated prior to returning to campus!
If a student does contract the flu, we strongly recommend the following:
- Go home if possible
- Stay out of class until fever free (< 100◦F) for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine.
- Consult with your health-care provider if you have any underlying chronic respiratory, cardiac or neurological conditions that might cause complications.
- Notify all professors via email about absence.
- If possible, try to keep up with academic work by reading assignments and accessing lecture capture if available via computer.
- Students will not need a note excusing their absence.
- For detailed information on how to care for yourself please read: “Flu: What You Can Do; Caring for People at Home” (pdf).
Residential students remaining on campus who are ill should:
- Self-isolate in their room, avoiding all common areas, especially the dining hall.
- Contact their RA to make arrangements for food and fluids to be delivered to their room.
- Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated and get plenty of rest.
- Wear a mask when using shared bathrooms. Supplies are available in each residence.
- Keep in frequent contact with family.
Call Emergency Medical Services at 978-934-2911 for any serious symptoms, including:
- Rapid heart rate
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Fever greater than 104◦F that cannot be reduced with by fever-reducing medicines
- Sudden dizziness or confusion
- Severe chest or abdominal pain
With a strong community effort we hope to have a healthy start to the semester.