As you have no doubt heard, there has been an increased number of flu cases in Massachusetts approaching an epidemic level. We are concerned with symptomatic students returning to campus next week and living, working, and studying in close quarters, which could potentially lead to the spread of the flu throughout the campus community. We want to prevent widespread illness and are recommending the following actions for students
- If you have not already done so, get the flu vaccine before returning to campus. It’s especially important to get the vaccine if you have health problems such as diabetes, asthma, or any disease that affects your immune system as this makes you more likely to develop complications such as pneumonia. Your primary care provider, your local Board of Health, or one of your local pharmacies might still have some vaccine.
- If you are ill with the flu, do not return to campus until you are fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication. We want you to be healthy when you return to campus so you can perform well and to reduce transmission to others. If you get sick after your return to campus, we will recommend that you go home, if possible, to recuperate. It takes about 5 days to recover from the flu.
- Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective.
- Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth; germs are spread this way.
Thank you for your attention to the above recommendations.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FLU...GO TO THE SEASONAL FLU LINK
Health and Wellness Center
Phone: (508) 626-4900
Fax: (508) 626-4024
The Framingham State University Health Center is located on the first floor of Foster Hall at the corner of State and Maynard Road (next to the McCarthy Center.) The Health Center offers acute and primary care services by a staff of board certified nurse practitioners. All students regardless of insurance can receive care at the Health Center.
The Health and Wellness Center offers a safe and welcoming environment for students of all shapes, sizes, identities, and sexual orientation.
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm (Appointments are necessary) (508) 626-4900
Emergencies: If the Health Center is closed, contact Campus Police (508) 626-4911
Phone: (508) 626-4693
This office, in Foster Hall Rm. 208 provides education and resources to the FSU community about the importance of making healthy choices and encourages students to see the connection between their lifestyle choices and their successes.