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 Chicago State University (CSU) for as long as possible, but, we need your help to accomplish this.
We are working closely with the local Department of Public Health and the Illinois Department of Public Health to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take in case of an epidemic. We will keep you updated with new information as it becomes available to us. For now, we are doing everything possible to keep our institution operating without disruption.
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
- 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 (has chills, feels very warm, has 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 class or work.
- Consult 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 influenza, you should consider getting the influenza vaccine when it becomes available later in the year. People at higher risk for influenza 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
- Clean keyboard, desks, phone and door knobs off after use and daily.
If this year’s flu season becomes more severe, we may take the following additional steps to prevent the spread of the virus:
- Allow students, faculty, and staff at higher risk for complications to stay
home. These students, faculty, and staff should make this decision in consultation
with their health care provider.
- Find ways to increase social distances (the space between people) in classrooms such as moving desks farther apart, leaving empty seats between students, holding outdoor classes, and using distance learning methods.
- Extend the time sick students,faculty, or staff stay home or in their residence.During severe flu conditions sick people should stay home for at least 7 days, even if they feel better sooner. Those who are still sick after 7 days should continue to stay home until at least 24 hours after symptoms have gone away.
- Symptoms of flu include fever or chills and cough or sore throat. In addition,symptoms of flu can include runny nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, diarrhea, or vomiting.
- Suspend classes. This decision will be made together with local and state public health officials. The length of time that classes are suspended will depend on the objectives as well as the severity and extent of illness.
For more information about flu in our community and what CSU is doing, visit www.csu.edu or call 773-995-2011.
For information regarding the study abroad program, please contact the CSU’s Office of International Programs, www.csu.edu and also the federal government website wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/ for information.
For the most up-to-date information on flu, visit www.flu.gov, or call 1-800-CDC-INFO
We will notify you on the CSU’s home page of any additional changes to our strategies designed to prevent the spread of flu on our campus.