THE FLU: Everything You Need To Know!

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.


Scabies, an infestation of the outer layers of the skin by a burrowing microscopic mite, can cause intense itching and a pimple-like rash.  It is most typically spread by PROLONGED AND REPEATED, SKIN-TO-SKIN CONTACT.

To read more, visit the scabies information pages here on the CDC website.



For information about conjunctivitis, also known as "pink eye", please visit the UpToDate website and learn about the symptoms and treatment for viral, bacterial and allergic conjunctivitis. If you want to speak to a nurse to talk about your symptoms, please call Health Services.

Respiratory Illness (includes Sinus Rinse instructions)


Symptoms Cold Flu
Fever Rare

Usual; high (100F to 102F)
occasionally higher; lasts 3-4 days


Urinary Tract Infections

Do You Have Any Of These Symptoms?:


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:

History of Pandemic Flu


What is mono and how did I get it?

Mono is a common illness on college campuses. It is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus.

It is transmitted through saliva, or mucous through kissing, sharing drinks, or silverware and occasionally through a sneeze or cough if the infected person is close enough.

Your roommate is not likely to get it unless you are sharing glasses or silverware.

Help for the "Stomach Bug"

For the first 24 hours, try to drink plenty of clear liquids.  Drink slowly as much fluid as you can to fight dehydration and rest your system.  Clear liquids include:


Roommates of Students With Influenza-like Illness

Travel Immunizations

Health Services provides travel immunizations to students going abroad. Immunization requirements vary depending on the student's itinerary, past medical history and previous immunizations. Students should prepare for travel vaccines at least 3-6 months before your date of departure.

Prior to your travel visit you'll need to be prepared by following these simple steps:

1.  Stop by the Health Services to receive your travel packet which includes a "Travax" report specific to your travel destination(s).