Influenza

Contact Info

Ms. Mary Patricia Watson, FNP 
Director
Student Health Service
Falcon Center, 3rd Floor
Phone: 304.367.4719
FAX: 304.367.4710
E-Mail: trish.watson@pierpont.edu

Ms. Patrice Anderson, RN
Student Health Nurse
Falcon Center, 3rd Floor
Phone: 304.367.4155
FAX: 304.367.4710
Email: panderson@pierpont.edu

Ms. Sally Britton, LPN
Falcon Center, 3rd Floor
Phone: 304.367.4155
FAX:  304.367.4710
Email: sbritton3@pierpont.edu

 

Nurses and Nurse Practitioner 
Monday through Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College Influenza 

FSU and Pierpont are initiating strategies on campus and at our satellite facilities to keep our students, staff and faculty healthy during flu season in the U.S.

We advise sick students, faculty and staff to stay at home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or signs of a fever, without using fever-reducing medications.

Students and staff at higher risk of complications from flu should check with their health care provider about their options.

We have provided disposable wipes and hand sanitizers in key positions throughout campus.

Influenza vaccine is being offered through the Student Health Service. Student Health Service is located on the third floor of the Falcon Center on the FSU and Pierpont shared main campus. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. All students can now receive the influenza vaccine. Appointments to receive the vaccine are not required, and doses will be distributed on a walk-in basis. There will be no charge for the vaccine, which is available in the injectible form.  For more information, call Student Health Service at (304) 367-4155.

Influenza

Flu (Influenza) is caused by a virus.  Viruses are bits of genetic information surrounded by a protein shell.  If a virus gets inside some of your cells, its genetic instructions trick your cells into making many copies of the virus.  The infected cells release the virus copies, which then infect new cells.  In the case of flu, the viruses infect the lining of tubes that carry air to your lungs. 

How Do I Know If I Have the Flu?

Flu Symptoms Include:

* muscle aches
* sore throat
* possibly fever (greater than 100 degrees)
* headache
* dry cough
* weakness
* nausea and vomiting

Should I Ask My Doctor for a Prescription Anti-Flu Drug?

No.  Antiviral drugs are usually used to treat people who are at ridk for developing life-threatening complications from the flu.  There is no reason to routinely ask for these drugs to keep at home or to take as a precaution.  Viruses also very rapidly develop immunity to these medications.  Unnecessary use contributes to this problem.

How Long Can Flu Virus Stay Alive on Objects?

CDC says that studies have shown the influenza virus can survive on environmental surfaces for 2 - 8 hours after leaving the body.

What Kills Influenza Virus?

Most disinfectants will kill the virus when they are used as directed.

 What About the Flu Shot?

The Flu Vaccine is available in the Student Health Service currently and will be available until quantities are gone. 

Who Should Get One?

* college students due to close proximity in classrooms and residence halls
* those with chronic lung diseases such as asthma or emphysema
* those with chronic heart or kidney disease or anemia
* those with depressed immune systems
* those with jobs who put them at risk, such as health care workers

Flu shots have few side effects, but always talk to your health care provider about any vaccination:  Especially so if you have allergies, other health problems.

How Do I Take Care Of Myself If I Get the Flu?

* Go To Bed!!  Please do not go to class sick.
* Drink lots of clear fluids
* A cool sponge bath may be taken for fever and pain reduction.  Do not use alcohol baths.
* Warm vaporizer or over-the-counter medicines for cough
* Acetaminophen for pain and fever reduction
* Warm salt water gargles for sore throat
* Don't smoke

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 4 main ways you may keep from getting sick with the flu?

1.  Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing.  Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

2.  Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.  Cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder; not into your hands.

3.  Stay home or at your place of residence if you are sick for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever or signs of a fever without using any medication containing ibuprofen or acetaminophen.  Ask a roommate, friend, or family member to check up on you and to bring you food and supplies if needed.

4.  Talk to your health care provider to find out if you should be vaccinated for seasonal flu.

Call Your Health Care Provider If You Have:

* Fever of 100 degrees or higher
* Shaking chills
* Symptoms that don't get better or get worse again after being better
* Severe muscle pain
* Dark urine
* Severe headache
* Wheezing or other difficulty breathing

IF flu conditions become severe, students, faculty, and staff may be asked to consider the following steps:

Extend the time you stay home or at your residence to at least 7 days, even if you feel better sooner.  If you are still sick after 7 days, continue to stay home until at least 24 hours after your symptoms have completely gone away.

Find ways to increase social distances in classrooms such as moving desks further apart, holding classes outdoors, or using distance learning methods.

Allow students, faculty and staff at higher risk for complications to stay home.  This decision should be made in conjunction with their health care provider.

Consider how and when to suspend classes by working closely with our local and state public health officials.


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