Influenza and Illness
In recent years, there has been an increase in cases of pandemic influenza that have received international attention. Regardless of the strain, the flu returns each year bringing with it illness and public health hazards. Dartmouth, like any residential community, is very good at spreading illness. Close quarters, shared space, and personal interaction help spread the flu and other illnesses. Avoiding the spread of the flu and other illnesses is simple if everyone does his or her part.
For your safety:
- Wash your hands with soap and water regularly
- Avoid close contact with others while an illness is "in season"
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water
- Get plenty of sleep; at least 8 hours a night
- Pay close attention to your email, news reports, and the Emergency Preparedness web page for updates and recommendations
- Seek medical attention if you think you have the flu
- Stay home from work or school if you are sick
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
- Encourage others to help in stopping the spread of illness
For more information, please visit:
Ready.Gov: Pandemic Influenza
Dick's House College Health Service