Middlebury College has an Emergency Plan that includes the threat of severe illness, such as pandemic flu. College Health Officials monitor websites and receive direct communication from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Vermont Department of Health (VDH). In the event that a communicable disease, such as a flu pandemic, presents an immediate threat to the safety of Middlebury students and our community, the College's plan is to quickly close and evacuate all students.
Influenza ("the flu") is caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. The virus we usually face is referred to as Seasonal Flu. Influenza-like-illness is defined as fever (temperature of 100°F or greater) and a cough and/or sore throat in the absence of a KNOWN cause other than influenza.
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: