Health Center Director Offers Tips for Staying Flu-Free
What follows is an email sent on Jan. 15 by Warren Morgan, director of the Keefe Student Health Center:
Whether you are already on campus or are planning your return, you may be aware that we are having a vigorous and early flu season. In order to keep the number of flu cases at the College to a minimum, we urge you to take the following preventative actions:
- If you haven’t received the current season’s flu vaccine, consider doing so before you return. It takes one to two weeks to develop immunity after the shot is received, so it makes sense to get immunized earlier rather than later.
- Students wishing to make an appointment for a flu shot at the Keefe Health Center should call 413-542-2267 to make an appointment. A limited supply of vaccine is on hand, so it may not be possible to accommodate all requests immediately. However, we will order additional supplies of vaccine as needed.
- If you’re sick, consider delaying your return to campus until your symptoms are improving and you’ve been without a fever for 24 hours, in order to avoid passing your illness to your fellow students.
- Cover your cough. Coughing into your elbow makes it less likely you will transmit the influenza virus on your hands.
- Clean your hands often, using either hand sanitizer or soap and water.
For more information, please check out the following websites: www.cdc.gov/flu/whatsnew.htm; http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/provider/guidelines-resources/services-planning/diseases-conditions/influenza/.
We look forward to seeing you on campus soon.
Warren H. Morgan, M.D., Director
Keefe Student Health Center
Box 2246, Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002-5000