July 30, 2015
Dear Student and Parent:
This memorandum serves as Hampton University Health Center's guidelines for the possible widespread infection of the influenza virus. Unfortunately, the pandemic of influenza has its greatest negative effect in children, young adults, and pregnant women.
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 community we are attempting to limit the spread by following there commendations of our national, state and local health departments. Parents of residential students that become ill with the FLU are asked to pick-up their student so that they may be treated at home. The parent(s) will be contacted immediately by the Health Center staff and advised of the situation. 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 24hours (Fever 100ºF/37.8ºC). This means free without temperature while not taking medication that reduces fever (Tylenol or 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 a 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:
- Sore throat
- Fatigue and body aches
What Should I do If I Have Symptoms?
Students who develop fever > 100ºF/37.8ºC should contact the Hampton University Health Center at 757-727-5315. Students with underlying health conditions (asthma, diabetes, heart disease, etc.) 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 and Medical Director