Preparing for Pandemic Flu
Middlebury College students should be prepared in the event of a pandemic flu outbreak. Steps you can take before infection spreads include:
Stay Informed - Read all emails from the Health Services or Dean of College. Information will be provided if there is an influenza outbreak:
Get These Supplies Before You Become Sick:
- Thermometer - very important for students in self-isolation
- Fever reducer, pain relief and anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium (a.k.a. Motrin, Advil, or Aleve)
Fever reducer and pain relief medication such as acetaminophen (a.k.a. Tylenol)
- Alcohol-based hand sanitizer (such as Purell)
- Soft disposable tissues (a.k.a. Kleenex)
Fluids - Adequate fluids such as water and/or Gatorade. Have 2-3 liters on-hand for the first day of illness.
You may also want to have the following items available:
- Disposable sanitizing wipes (to wipe surfaces such as public keyboards)
- Nasal spray decongestant (oxymetazoline, a.k.a. Afrin)
- Nasal irrigation product such as Sinus Rinse™
MiddExpress and The College Book Store, as well as local pharmacies and markets, should have most if not all of these supplies on hand.
Inform the Health Services if you are considered a "high risk" student:
- Students who have chronic pulmonary, cardiovascular, hepatic, hematological, neurologic, neuromuscular, or metabolic disorders. This includes students with asthma;
- Students who have immunosuppression (caused by medications or by HIV);
- Pregnant women;
- Students less than 18 years who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy and who might be at risk for experiencing Reye syndrome after influenza virus infection.
Get the seasonal influenza vaccine
Parton Health Services offers flu shot clinics at the beginning of each flu season. Flu shots are also available to students at the Health Services on a walk-in basis.
Stay Healthy: Respiratory Etiquette & Hand Hygiene Procedures
Plan: In the event of a pandemic flu outbreak, students with influenza like illness* will be asked to either go home or stay in their rooms and receive support from their Commons until they have been without a fever (temp > 100.0 F) x 24 hours without using fever reducing medications. There may not be enough places on campus to house well roommates of sick students, so have a plan for where you would go (i.e. stay with a friend) for 2-5 days if your roommate became ill.
* Influenza like illness is defined as: Fever (temperature of 100°F [37.8°C] or greater) and a cough and/or a sore throat in the absence of a KNOWN cause other than influenza.