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Julene Jennings
Saint Mary Hall, 108
On campus: ext. 6120



Staying Healthy in College — Prevent the Spread of Infectious Diseases

The University of Saint Mary urges all students to take reasonable precautions against the spread of infectious disease — seasonal and otherwise.


What You Need to Know

The CDC recommends a 3-step approach to fighting the flu.

  1. Get your flu shot.

  2. If you get the flu, early treatment is important.

  3. Everyday preventive actions slow the spread of germs causing respiratory illnesses like the flu.

Flu Facts!

  • The flu is thought to spread from person to person through droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk.

  • The flu also may spread when people touch something with flu virus on it and then touch their mouth, eyes, or nose.

  • People may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick.
    That means you may be able to spread the flu to someone else before you know you are sick as well as while you are sick.

Tips and Tricks

  • Avoid close contact with sick people. And if you’re sick, limit contact with people.

  • If you get sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone—except to get medical care or for other necessities. NOTE: The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. And used tissues, should always be tossed in the trash right away!

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water (singing “Happy Birthday” TWICE!).

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that may be contaminated with germs.


Sick With the Flu?


  2. Stay home for at least 24 hours AFTER your fever has left.

  3. Limit contact with other people.

  4. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze (and throw it away, right away!).

  5. Wash your hands frequently, or use an alcohol-based hand rub.



What You Need to Know

In November, 2014, the CDC revised its recommendations regarding travel, again urging people to cancel plans for any non-essential travel to the West African nations impacted by the virus (Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea).

If you’re a DPT or nursing student, this precaution cannot be stressed enough. DPT or nursing students planning to travel to the impacted areas MUST notify their program director before and after travel.

Beyond health care students, USM asks all students, staff, or faculty planning travel to one of the affected countries to notify the office of student life in advance of their travels and upon their return.

Ebola Facts!

  • Ebola is spread through direct contact with:

    • Blood and body fluids of a person who is sick with the virus.

    • Objects (like needles) that are contaminated with the blood or body fluids of a person with the virus.

  • The virus is not spread through air, water, or food.

  • The required monitoring period is 21-days following your return. NOTE: This will impact a student’s ability to return to clinical and course work.

  • A person infected with Ebola can’t spread the disease until symptoms appear. The time from exposure to when signs or symptoms of the disease appear (the incubation period) is 2 to 21 days (average time is 8 to 10 days).

Signs of Ebola

  • Fever

  • Severe headache

  • Muscle pain

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Stomach pain

  • Unexplained bleeding or bruising


Protect Yourself

  • Avoid travel to the impacted countries.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Do NOT handle items that may have come in contact with a sick person’s blood or body fluids, like clothes, bedding, needles, or medical equipment.

There is no FDA-approved vaccine for Ebola. Experimental vaccines and treatments are under development, but they’ve not yet been fully tested for safety or effectiveness.

For more information on Ebola, view this helpful CDC PDF, or visit the CDC site on Ebola.


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