Health Center

Influenza Policy

Dear Parent:

This memorandum serves as Hampton University Health Center's guidelines for the possible widespread infection of the influenza virus. We understand that the H1N1 influenza is not currently prevalent in our state. Unfortunately, the H1N1 pandemic had its greatest negative effect in children, young adults, and pregnant women. In response to previous influenza season's pandemic, all influenza cases should continue to be treated as novel H1N1 and precautions for its spread should be stressed.

We will continue to work closely with the Hampton Health Department to monitor flu conditions and to make decisions about the best steps to take concerning our institution, but we need your help to accomplish this. Here at our University we are attempting to limit the spread by following the recommendations of our national, state and local health departments. To prevent the spread of the virus, students on campus who become ill with the flu are expected to be removed by their parents, who will be immediately contacted so they will be treated at home. Individuals who become ill with the flu should not return to the campus community until they are free of fever for a period not less than 24 hours (Fever 100ºF/37.8ºC). This means free without temperature while not taking medication that reduces fever (Tylenol, Ibuprofen). Upon returning to the campus a note from your health care provider must be presented to the Health Center verifying that you are free of temperature (100ºF/37.8ºC) for 24 hours without medication and are symptom free. This usually requires a minimum of three to five days.

How to prevent the spread of the Influenza Virus:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water after coughing, sneezing, and opening doors. Use alcohol based hand cleaner if available when you do not have soap and water.
  • Cover your nose and mouth while coughing and sneezing with a tissue or in your sleeve.
  • Limit the touching of your nose, eyes, and mouth when you are coughing and sneezing.
  • Limit close contact with sick people as much as possible.
  • Remain at home from school or work if you are sick and limit contact with others to avoid spreading the virus.
  • Talk with your health care provider about the seasonal flu vaccine.

Flu Like Illness Symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue and body aches

What Should I do If I Have Symptoms?

Students who develop fever greater than 100ºF/37.8ºC should contact our Health Center at 727-5315. Students with underlying health conditions (asthma, diabetes, heart disease) should contact their health care provider if they become ill with flu-like symptoms, since the flu may be more severe in these individuals.

Bert W. Holmes, Jr., M.D.
University Physician