Flu Information and Prevention

As the flu season continues to affect Central Virginia, we are working with various departments to make sure that all surfaces are disinfected regularly, hand sanitizer is readily available, and that you are up-to-date with the latest information regarding this flu outbreak. We suggest bookmarking this page so you can come back for regular updates.

Symptoms and Treatment

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please go to the Student Health Center in Green Hall for a flu test or call the nurse triage line (434) 333-0626:


Tips to Prevent the Spread of the Flu

We are doing all we can to prevent the spread of the flu, but we need your help! Here are some ways you can help stop the spread of the flu virus on campus:

Clean your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

Avoid close contact.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick as well.

Stay home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and do not run errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.

Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

Practice other good health habits.
Frequently disinfect surfaces at home, work, or school, especially when someone is ill. Get enough sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.


Take Care of Yourself

We are sorry if the flu has you down. Here are a few tips to help you feel better:

Get some sleep
Your body needs to rest. Head to bed to give yourself time and opportunity to heal.

Drink plenty of fluids
This is not an old wives tale. Ample amounts of water, juice, and tea will keep you hydrated and flush impurities out of your system. Drink up!

Eat healthy food
Your body needs vitamins to build itself back up. Stay away from junk food and eat something nutritious. Request a meal tray from your RA if you need to.

Take some Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
Have a fever? Tylenol will bring it down and take care of your aches and pains. Make sure you follow the dosage instructions on the label closely.

Enjoy some alone time
This is not the time to chill with friends. Protect them by avoiding social situations and large gatherings. Believe us, they will thank you for it.

Being sick is not fun, but it won’t last forever. Follow these suggestions and you should feel like yourself again soon.


Excused Absences

This policy allows for up to three influenza-related absences for Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes, two influenza-related absences for Tuesday/Thursday classes, and one influenza-related absence for classes meeting only once a week

Students

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms or suspect you have influenza, please do not go to class. Email your professor immediately, and your absence will be excused. Any missed work, including tests and quizzes, can be made up without penalty.

Professors

During this time of increased health concern, please help your students recuperate and avoid putting others at risk by being flexible. Students missing class because of illness should be taken at their word and allowed to make up all missed work, including tests and quizzes, without penalty. Any absences related to influenza at this time will not count against a student’s elective absences.


Parents - Send Your Student a Get Well Package

We understand it is hard to be away from your son or daughter when they are sick. That is why Sodexo has put together the Get Well Package. Filled with chicken noodle soup, assorted herbal teas, fresh fruit, crackers, and ginger ale, this package is sure to put your student on the mend!