As you may know, flu can be spread easily from person to person. Therefore, we are taking steps to prevent the spread of flu at CSU-Pueblo, but, we need your help to accomplish this goal.
Here are a few things you can do to help:
Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing; alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
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 than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Look for possible signs of fever in yourself and others: if the person feels very warm, has a flushed appearance, or is sweating or shivering, then chances are he or she has a fever.
Do not go to class or work if you have flu or flu-like illness until at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). Students who are ill should notify their instructors as soon as possible that they are unable to attend class and make arrangements to keep up with class work; faculty or staff should notify their department chairs or supervisors.
Talk with your health care provider about whether you should be vaccinated for seasonal flu. Additionally, if you are at higher risk for flu complications, you should consider getting the flu vaccine available at Student Health Services, which will protect from H1N1/influenza A&B. People at higher risk for flu complications include people ages 24 and under, pregnant women, and people with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, heart disease, or diabetes).
For the most up-to-date information on flu, visit www.flu.gov or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636).
Carlotta J Fendrich NP
Director of Student Health Services
Colorado State University-Pueblo
2200 Bonforte Ave
Pueblo, CO 81001