Cold and Flu Prevention

Dear DePauw Community,

Wintertime is cold and flu season in Indiana and this year is no exception. Please take a few moments to review the following information and links that will help our community stay healthy.

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to influenza or other viruses. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as shared computers and health equipment.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. I realize it is important to keep up with our work and attend class. If possible, please use cell phones and online access to do work and study to allow you to stay home if you are sick.

It’s not too late to get a flu vaccine if you haven’t had one yet. The flu season runs until early spring so vaccines can still help.

If you traveled to China recently or have questions about the nCoronavirus, please review the information at http://depauwhealth.org/coronavirus-awareness-prevention/. We are in touch with state and national health experts as we monitor for coronavirus infections. We’ve added an FAQ section to the DePauw Health website and will send updates if CDC recommendations change.

I hope you will join me in caring for each other by following these healthy practices that will keep the DePauw community safe.

DePauw Health Center 765-658-4555 for appointments or flu shots.

 

Sincerely,

David M. Harsha, MD

Medical Director, DePauw Health