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Flu Prevention


Although the severity of flu outbreaks during the flu season is unpredictable, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has indicated that more communities may be affected than were affected previously, resulting in wider transmission of the disease and possibly greater impact.  Institutions of higher learning are among the agencies that are particularly at risk because of the number of individuals being served.  With this information in mind, Wallace Community College has implemented initiatives to prevent and alleviate the spread of the flu.  Please assist us in our efforts by adhering to the following guidelines:
  1. Wash hands frequently.
  2. Follow suggested guidelines to prevent the spread of germs.  Prevention guidelines are posted on the College Web site and in strategic locations on campus.
  3. Use the hand sanitizer that has been placed in strategic locations on campus.
  4. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.  Promptly toss used tissue in the waste basket.
  5. Since college students, faculty and staff are among the high-risk groups, the CDC also recommends getting vaccinated against the flu.  Individuals under age 25 are one of the key groups recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to be among the first to receive the flu vaccine.  For more information regarding the flu vaccine, visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu.
  6. Please do not attend class if you exhibit flu-like symptoms.  

Flu symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Chills
  • Extreme fatigue  
  • Dry cough
  • Runny nose (more common in children)
  • Stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children)

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE SICK WITH FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS?

If you are sick with flu-like symptoms, we urge you to stay at home or away from campus until at least 24 hours after you are free of fever, or signs of fever, without use of fever-reducing medicines. Students with flu-related illnesses may report absences by contacting their instructors through the College e-mail system at the following link: http://www.wallace.edu/directory or through Blackboard at http://courses.wallace.edu.

Students will be allowed to complete all missed work, assignments, and/or examinations upon return to campus.

Faculty and staff members may report absences in accordance with College leave policies.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

For additional information you may refer to the following Web sites: