A Note on Flu Prevention
This letter was sent to all students yesterday, January 18, 2013:
In less than a week, Hampshire College will start a new semester just as the flu is hitting many colleges and communities. Hampshire College is taking preventive measures to manage any outbreak of the flu, and we need your help to protect yourself and those around you.
Before classes start, please get a flu vaccination since it can take up to two weeks for it to build up your body’s defenses. See your local healthcare provider, go to a community flu clinic, or stop by one of the many retailers offering flu vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control website includes a vaccine finder tool at www.flu.gov.
For students unable to get a vaccination at home, Hampshire Health and Counseling Services has a supply of vaccine to offer to students. We will keep updates available on our website (http://www.hampshire.edu/studentlife/570.htm) and Facebook pages (Health and Counseling Services at Hampshire College).
If you are already suffering from the flu, please stay home and recover before returning to classes. If you are unable to attend classes, please contact your professors who will provide reasonable assistance in making up missed class work. Any student who is unable to get to the Dining Hall can send a friend with the student’s meal card, swipe it, and Dining Services will package up selected foods for return to student’s room.
Health and Counseling is open Monday-Friday from 8:30-5 and afterhours care is available at UMass Health Services and other facilities in the community. Flu self-care kits are available at Health and Counseling Services and other supplies such as tissues and hand sanitizer can be purchased at the Hampstore. Thank you for taking the appropriate precautions to protect the health and well-being of our community.
Sara Aierstuck, NP, Director of Health and Counseling Services