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Flu Preparedness on Campus

April 1, 2010

For more information about seasonal and H1N1 flu, please visit our flu Web site at www.hartwick.edu/flu.xml.


As you may know, flu can be easily spread from person to person. Therefore, as students and faculty return to campus, Hartwick continues to take steps to prevent the spread of flu here for as long as possible—but we need the help of students, faculty, staff, and visitors to accomplish this.

We are working closely with Otsego County and New York State health department officials to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take concerning our institution. We will keep you updated as new information becomes available.

For now, we are doing everything we can to keep Hartwick operating as usual, including more frequent and rigorous cleaning of hand railings, doorknobs, and computer equipment. We also recently purchased additional hand-sanitizing units to help reduce the spread of germs at campus events.

Here are a few things you can do to help:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective and are at key locations on campus, including the Commons, Stevens-German Library, and Binder Physical Education Center.
  • Cover 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 into your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu: fever of more than 100 degrees, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Possible signs of fever include a flushed appearance and sweating or shivering.
    Students with flu-like symptoms should contact the Perrella Wellness Center at 607-431-4120 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. If severe symptoms develop after hours, students can go to the Fox Now Clinic (607-431-5052), Bassett Urgent Care (607-433-6400), or the Fox Hospital Emergency Department (607-431-5000).
  • Stay home if you have flu or flu-like symptoms. Those who become sick should remain at home for at least 24 hours after fever or signs of a fever have subsided. This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). All employees should follow standard procedures for reporting you are ill to your supervisor. All meeting and class cancellations should follow campus protocol.
  • Talk with your healthcare provider about whether you should be vaccinated for seasonal flu and H1N1 (swine flu) when it becomes available. For more information about priority groups for vaccination, visit www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/acip.htm. If this year’s flu season becomes severe, Hartwick may take additional steps to prevent the spread of the virus.

For more information about flu in our community and what Hartwick College is doing, visit www.hartwick.edu/flu.xml or call Perrella Wellness Center at 607-431-4120. For the most up-to-date information on flu, visit www.flu.gov or call 800-CDC-INFO (232-4636). We will notify you by e-mail of any additional changes to Hartwick’s strategy to prevent the spread of flu on our campus. Updates also will be posted on our Web site.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,480 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick’s expansive Liberal Arts in Practice curriculum merges traditional liberal arts study, personalized teaching, and experiential learning approaches to emphasize Connecting the Classroom to the World. Add to that a wide range of off-campus internships, collaborative research, study-abroad opportunities, and a unique January Term, and Hartwick prepares students for the world ahead. Strong financial aid and scholarship programs keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Jennifer Moritz
E-mail: moritzj@hartwick.edu
Phone: 607-431-4038