About the Flu
Flu can spread easily from person to person. WVU Parkersburg is taking steps to prevent the spread of flu but we need your help to accomplish this. The college is working closely with area health departments to monitor flu conditions and make decisions concerning our institution and the campus community.
Here are a few things you can do:
- Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you donít have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. A fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if the person feels very warm, has a flushed appearance, or is sweating or shivering.
- Stay home if you have the flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating).
- Talk with your health care provider about whether you should be vaccinated for seasonal flu. Also, if you are at higher risk for complications from 2009 H1N1 flu, ask about getting the H1N1 vaccine.
We will notify you via this web site, GroupWise and WVUP-mail emails, the college's Facebook and Twitter pages, other campus communication modes and area media of updates to our institutionís strategy to prevent the spread of flu.
Be Smart About the Flu. Take Precautions Now.