Flu Preventive Measures Message sent to Students

Many cases of flu are being reported around the country and here in Ithaca, and Cornell is taking preventive measures to manage further outbreaks. We need your help to protect yourself and those around you.

• Get a flu vaccination! (before you come back to campus if at all possible)
• If you get sick, stay home and rest.
• Wash your hands, cover your coughs, and don’t share!
• Plan ahead for if you do get sick.

THE VACCINE:  Vaccination is the best protection against the flu. If you can, get your vaccine before coming back to campus. See your local healthcare provider, go to a community clinic or stop by one of the many retailers offering flu vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control website includes a vaccine finder tool at www.flu.gov. If you are on campus, Gannett will be giving vaccinations (free to enrolled students) as long as supplies last.

THE TREATMENT:  Most people who get the flu will experience manageable symptoms and can help themselves and protect others by staying home and resting. The Gannett Pharmacy has pre-assembled $10 Flu Kits, non-prescription medications, and alcohol-based hand sanitizers for sale. If you have an underlying condition (e.g., asthma, diabetes, immune suppression, heart condition, pregnancy) or severe or worsening symptoms, please seek medical care.

THE DEFENSE:  Reduce your chance of getting sick.  Wash your hands frequently with soap and water (or alcohol-based hand cleaners) Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Cover coughs. Clean shared surfaces (e.g., keyboards, desk and counter tops) with disinfectant. Don’t share cups, eating utensils, lip balms, pipes of any kind.  Avoid close contact with sick people.

PLAN AHEAD:  If you do get sick, you will need to stay out of circulation until you are better. Please contact your professors and/or your academic advising or student support offices if you need to miss classes, labs, exams, or deadlines. Think about who you will ask for help if you need someone to deliver supplies (food and beverages, medications, etc.). If you have a roommate, talk about strategies for keeping your distance (6 feet or more) and keeping shared surfaces clean.

IS IT FLU?:  Influenza is not the only bug making people sick. Stomach and cold viruses also are going around. If you have any concerns about your health, please don’t hesitate to contact Gannett 24/7 at 607-255-5155.

Sincerely,

Janet Corson-Rikert, MD
Associate Vice President for Campus Health
Executive Director, Gannett Health Services

Gannett Contact Information:
To schedule an appointment, call during building hours: 607-255-5155
To speak with a Gannett provider any time, day or night: 607-255-5155
Emergency: call Cornell Police
– 911 from a campus phone
– 607-255-1111 from a cell or non-campus phone
– Blue Light or campus emergency phone: lift the receiver or press the button

Gannett Building Hours:
Spring Semester
M, T, Th, Fri   8:30 am – 5 pm
Wednesday   9:30 am – 5 pm
Monday – Thursday: 5-7 pm (brief assessment and consultation only)
Saturday 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday & after-hours building closed

Gannett is located at 110 Ho Plaza, just south of Willard Straight Hall.