UMD Cautioning Students of the Flu As Classes Resume

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UMD Cautioning Students of the Flu As Classes Resume

January 17, 2013 Updated Jan 17, 2013 at 1:28 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The University of Minnesota-Duluth is asking that their students take precautions against the flu with classes starting back up next week.

The university sent out a letter to all of its students on Wednesday, encouraging everyone to get a flu shot, if they haven't already. The letter also included information on how long to stay away from classes if a student is experiencing flu-like symptoms and what to do to make up and keep up with course work.

Flu signs and symptoms usually include fever and respiratory symptoms, such as cough and runny nose, and possibly other symptoms, such as body aches, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

This is the letter sent out to all UMD students:

“As you probably know, we are in the midst of the flu season in Minnesota, with reports of serious cases around the state. We're writing to you with some suggestions for the beginning of the spring 2013 semester.

“1) If you have not had the flu shot, please consider one before you return to campus. The flu vaccine is your very best defense against contracting the influenza.

“2) If you're not able to get a flu shot before you come back, consider getting the flu shot at the next opportunity on campus - Wednesday, January 30, from 10 am to 2 pm in the Kirby Lounge. Flu shots are free to students, so be sure to bring your UCard.

“3) Once classes are back in session, we are asking students to do the following if you contract the flu.

* Stay home if you have flu-like symptoms and do not return to class until you are fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication.

* Report your illness to UMD Health Services at 726-8155. Seek medical help (UMD Health Services or your own physician) if your symptoms are severe or if you are in a high-risk group.

* Contact your instructors by e-mail and ask how to make up missed classes, assignments, exams, etc. Monitor the remote communication tools that your instructors have adopted (e.g. e-mail, course management systems such as Web Vista and Moodle, web-based materials, etc). Contact other students in your classes and study groups to stay informed.

* You are not required to present a doctor’s note if you miss class due to flu-like symptoms.

“4) Please continue to practice good hygiene practices to protect yourself, your family and your friends.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve.
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
• Clean used surfaces frequently with disinfectant.

“5) Visit UMD's website for additional information and updates as they are available. The UMD Health Services (http://www.d.umn.edu/hlthserv/) website is a good resource, as is the UMD Emergency Preparedness (http://www.d.umn.edu/emergency/) page."

Posted to the web by Krista Burns