Please review the links below for information on how you can help prevent getting the flu. Additional information will be provided as we receive it.
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 Doane College for as long as possible, but, we need your help to accomplish this
We are working closely with Public Health Solutions, the county health department to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take concerning our institution. We will keep you updated with new information as it becomes available to us.
For now, we are doing everything we can to keep our institution operating as usual. 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 also are 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 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.
- 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 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). Don't go to work.
- Talk with your health care providers about whether you should be vaccinated for seasonal flu. Also if you are at higher risk for flu complications from 2009 H1N1 flu, you should consider getting the H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available. People at higher risk for 2009 H1N1 flu complications include pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, heart disease, or diabetes). For more information about priority groups for vaccination, visit www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/acip.htm.
- Sign up for e2Campus emergency notification system. If you have not already signed up for e2Campus we are encouraging all of you to do so. This system enables the College to send urgent news to your personal cell phone. We have reserved this notification system to be used only for true emergencies. In the event of a need to communicate urgent information regarding the H1NI Flu the e2Campus notification system will be used as one means of communication. There is no charge for these services (please note that your cell carrier may charge for text messages.) To sign up visit www.doane.edu/alerts
We will notify you of any additional changes to our institution's strategy to prevent the spread of flu on our campus.