President Glasser: Swine Flu Advice and Update

April 30, 2009

Last Sunday the United States declared a national public health emergency regarding the Swine Influenza. While there have been no reported cases of the Swine Flu on our campus or in central Illinois, there have been several cases elsewhere in Illinois and on at least one college campus in surrounding states.

I write you with some important advice. If students have any flu-like symptoms, they are encouraged to immediately call the Bradley Health Center at the Markin Center – 677-2700 – to be seen. Faculty and staff should call their personal healthcare providers.

If you are diagnosed with any flu-like symptoms, please do not go to class or work. Symptoms include a sudden fever, body aches, pains, nausea, diarrhea, sore throat coughing or unexplained fatigue.

To protect yourself from the flu:

  • Wash your hands! Frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water is essential. Waterless hand sanitizers also work well.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.  Then dispose of the tissue and wash your hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill or who have flu-like symptoms.  If you get sick, keep your distance from others.
  • Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth to reduce the chance of getting flu germs in your system.
  • Sleep. Do not stay up all night studying. Sleep deprivation lowers your ability to fight off any virus.
  • Eat breakfast and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Manage your stress. If you have concerns, contact Health Services at 677-2700 or the Counseling Center at 677-2408.  

The University has activated our Pandemic Flu Committee to address this recent flu outbreak. We are prepared to care for any of our students, faculty or staff who come down with symptoms and protect others in the campus community if the disease spreads. Bradley has a supply of masks, gloves and gowns, if those are necessary to distribute. Our health center is monitoring the situation and is in communication with health officials in the community.  The University stands ready to respond to a swine flu outbreak on campus or in the area.

Anyone who is planning international travel should check with Bradley's Office of Study Abroad – 677-2400 – or the U.S. Department of State: www.state.gov
 
For additional information about this strain of flu, please see the CDC website: www.cdc.gov/swineflu/swineflu_you.htm