JSC Prepares for Flu Outbreak Possibility
May 5, 2009
Information for JSC Students, Faculty, Staff and Family Members Regarding the Swine Flu Outbreak
At this time, the likelihood of a H1N1 influenza epidemic here at JSC is relatively low. However, as a community, we still need to do our best to protect ourselves from influenza as well as other viruses. For example, this year alone, we saw a significant amount of students with a gastro-intestinal illness that spread extensively throughout our campus.
We can all boost our immune systems by engaging in routine exercise, stress reduction, good nutrition and adequate rest. The relationship between chronic stress and a compromised immune system, which can lead to illness, cannot be underestimated. In addition, tobacco use causes chronic bronchitis and increases the likelihood of getting influenza and other viruses. All of us should be avoiding second hand smoke to keep our immune systems strong. We can all take practical steps to help prevent the spread of influenza and other viral infections. We need to do better as a student body to protect ourselves and others from these types of illnesses. Preventing the spread of influenza and other communicable diseases starts with each one of us. We can all take these every day actions to stay healthy:
- Hand sanitizers are in the process of being installed around campus. Please use them.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, especially after you cough or sneeze.
- Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
- Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others.
- Get a flu shot. Timing is important. The Vermont flu season typically begins in late December and lasts through April. The best time to get a flu shot is late October into November because it takes 2 weeks for our antibodies to develop and provide protection. Be on the lookout for notices in the fall about our annual JSC flu clinic for you. Last year less than 20 students took advantage of this opportunity and we’d like to see this number increase significantly next fall.
Do your best to stay informed and you can access these links for additional information.
We will use our college web site and portal for regular updates.