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Important Reminders and Information about Influenza at UNE

posted Feb 11, 2011, 12:26 PM by Angela Shambarger

Dear Community Members,

As reported by the Center for Disease Control, the seasonal flu has arrived in Maine.  So too has it arrived at UNE, prompting us to remind you of the policies and procedures outlined in the Communicable Disease Policy.  The policy states:

“All employees and students are encouraged to seek medical assistance or guidance from the University Health Center (or another health care provider) in the event they have concerns about communicable diseases. Any students and/or employees with symptoms suggesting an acute infectious disease (fever, fever and rash, fever and cough, severe headache and fever, flu-like symptoms, fever and shaking chills, pinkeye, sputum with blood, etc) should be evaluated by either his/her personal provider or the staff at the UHC…. Any decision to limit the activities of any student, employee with a communicable disease, or to exclude such persons from the University Community will be made by the UHC Medical Director in consultation with the Dean of COM.”

Students are advised to visit the Student Health Center or to visit your primary care physician immediately with any unexplained high fevers or flu symptoms.  The Student Health Center is available to assist you and can provide medications which will help to support your recovery.  The Student Health Center Biddeford Campus telephone number is 207-602-2358: Portland Campus telephone number is 207-221-4242.


In response to the number of confirmed cases of seasonal flu in our campus community, and in keeping with our policy, any residential student who is diagnosed as having the flu and who lives within a three hour radius of campus will be instructed to leave campus.  Those living beyond the three hour radius will be placed on quarantine in their residence hall room, with food supplies being delivered to them by Residential Education and Housing Staff.  The roommate(s) of any student diagnosed with seasonal flu has the option of being temporarily relocated to another residence hall space and can coordinate such accommodations with the help of their Resident Advisor.  Additionally, an email communication will be sent to the professors of students who have been sent home or who have been placed on quarantine.


Meanwhile, and in an effort to minimize the spread of seasonal flu, please remember these good hygiene practices:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.  This will block the spread of droplets from your mouth or nose that could contain germs. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol- based had rub. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
  • Germs spread this way. Try to avoid close contact with sick people.


We thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation.

 

The Division of Student Affairs

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