Tips on Avoiding the Flu This Season

As we begin a new semester and our University comes back together, we remind all members of the community about the importance of staying healthy.  The incidences of the flu are currently high in the U.S. and are expected to continue for at least several more weeks. If you haven’t already got the flu vaccine this season, you should consider doing so at your doctor’s office or area pharmacy. As always, attention to the following will minimize your exposure:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

In addition to seasonal influenza activity, public health officials are closely monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. There are currently no confirmed cases of the illness in the state of Connecticut, and we do not believe there is any imminent health risk to our campus. We remain in contact with our local New Haven Health Department and the CT Department of Public Health for ongoing updates. The University is taking precautions to identify potential cases as early as possible and will keep the campus community informed of any changes or developments.

Anyone who has been to Hubei Province, China, or has been in contact with anyone else who has in the past two weeks and feels ill with fever, cough, or breathing problems should seek medical care immediately. Before going to the healthcare facility, call ahead to notify them about the symptoms and recent travel.

Any students with health-related questions should contact Student Health Services at (203) 392-6300, and staff and faculty members should contact their primary care providers.

Additional information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.