Each of us plays a critical role in keeping our campus safe and healthy. Students and employees are encouraged to use these FAQs and other resources on the Student Health, Wellness, and Counseling Center (SHWCC) web site to learn how to prevent the spread of the influenza virus, what to do if you are ill, and who to contact for assistance.
If you have questions not addressed by these FAQs, please email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the SHWCC at 503-883-2535 or your personal health care provider.
1. How can I prevent the spread of influenza?
The best prevention for all types of influenza is to receive influenza immunizations (see “Immunizations” below). In addition, adopt these effective preventative measures:
2. Should I get immunized?
Yes, the best prevention of influenza is to receive influenza immunizations.
Influenza immunizations are available from the SHWCC on the McMinnville campus, and from your personal health care provider or local urgent care clinic. Immunizations are available to students, faculty and staff, and dependents ages 18 and older.
3. How can I tell if I have influenza?
Symptoms of the influenza virus include a sudden onset of fever or chills AND a cough or sore throat. Symptoms may also include a runny nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, diarrhea, or vomiting.
4. Where can I go if I think I might have influenza?
5. What should I do if I get sick with influenza?
Ill students are advised to stay home (or in their residence hall rooms) for at least 24 hours after the fever subsides (without use of fever-reducing medicine). Individuals who are ill with influenza should not leave their homes or residence hall rooms except to get medical care. Students with a fever should not return to classes or public areas until their temperature has returned to near normal for at least 24 hours. Do seek medical attention if your condition worsens. Notify your health care provider or SHWCC at 503-883-2535 early in the course of the illness. There are antiviral medications which may help, but need to be started within two days of developing symptoms.
Avoid Contact with Others
If you do leave your house or residence hall room while you are contagious in order to obtain medical care, it is advisable to wear a facemask to prevent the spread of the virus. Facemasks are available to students from their Resident Advisors. In general, you should avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness, especially to people at increased risk of severe illness from influenza.
Protect Yourself and Your Community
6. Who should I contact if I have been diagnosed with influenza?
7. What should I do if my roommate has influenza?
Contact your Resident Advisor to get disinfectant materials to reduce germs in your room. It is important to disinfect shared surfaces often, such as computers, tables, and door knobs. Continue to practice preventative actions such as washing your hands frequently and proper cough etiquette (coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your sleeve, not your hands). Roommates should consider wearing a mask when around the ill person. Roommates should call the SHWCC at 503-883-2535 or their primary care provider, to be evaluated for preventive medication.
8. What College services are provided to students who have influenza or a flu-like illness?
The SHWCC can evaluate, test and prescribe medications and give appropriate self-care information to students with flu symptoms. The SHWCC has a supply of facemasks to help prevent the spread of germs.
Disinfectant supplies such as spray cleaner and hand sanitizer are available on campus. Students in residence halls can ask their Resident Advisor for cleaning materials for their rooms. RAs also have Care Kits for students who have influenza or flu-like symptoms. Contact your RA for a care kit.
Food service will be available for on-campus students who are sick with the flu. If you are self-isolating, contact your RA or AD via e-mail or phone. Then, designate a roommate or other person that can pick up a one-day meal pack at Dillin and bring it back to you in your room. Be prepared to give them your name, ID number, and any dietary restrictions. Dining Services will make meal packets good for one day.