Health is a high priority for academic success, and we invite you to partner with us in this adventure. The seasonal influenza has arrived early this year and in many regions is fast approaching epidemic proportions.
Seattle Pacific has put in place a number of actions to decrease the spread of influenza and educate our staff, faculty, and student in ways the help prevent the spread of this and other illnesses.
You will hear terms such as
- "Social distancing" (e.g., self-isolate if you are ill; not going to class or activities if you are ill)
- "Community mitigation" (e.g., using the hand sanitizers in food venues, and soap and water where available)
- "Respiratory etiquette" (e.g., cough or sneeze in your sleeve, and use a tissue once and discard)
Such personal behaviors/responsibilities show respect for yourself and others in reducing the spread of infections.
How can I prevent the spread of flu?
The best prevention for all types of influenza is to receive flu immunizations.
These strategies can also help:
- Wash hands frequently, especially after you cough or sneeze (i.e., use waterless hand sanitizer when soap and warm water are unavailable)
- Sanitize hard surfaces such as tables, desks, door knobs frequently. You can use household disinfecting wipes or spray disinfectants that kill bacteria and viruses
- Cover your cough (i.e., cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve, not into your hands)
- Social distancing (i.e., avoiding large groups and contact with sick people)
- Stay home when you are ill to protect others and accelerate your recovery
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
- Get the seasonal vaccine when it is available
- Maintain good sleep habits, eat a well-balanced diet and maintain an adequate fluid intake
How can I tell if I have the flu?
The symptoms of the seasonal flu are:
- Sudden onset of fever and cough.
- Muscle aches.
- May also include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, sore throat, and cough.
- Difficulty breathing.
If you become sick, the duration of the illness can be limited with antiviral medications given at the first sign of symptoms. Schedule an appointment with your provider right away.
Emergency warning signs
If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, seek medical attention immediately:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen.
- Sudden dizziness.
- Severe or persistent vomiting.
- Blue color to skin.
- Unable to eat or drink.
- Fever over 102 degrees F that does not resolve with medication.
- Flu-like symptoms that improve, but then fever returns and cough worsens.
SPU Community Communications
Influenza Memo 1/18/13
What Can I Do?
Preventing the Flu
Cover Your Cough
Stopping the Spread of Germs
Everyday Prevention to Fight the Flu
How Are You Feeling? A Student’s Guide (PDF)
CDC Key Facts