Health Center News
October 21, 2014
Student Flu Clinic
When: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23rd from 2:30-5:30pm
Where: Overlook Lounge Slavin Center
October 7, 2014
Flu, Enterovirus D68 and Prevention Steps
With heightened local and national attention on a virus called Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) and the approaching flu season, Providence College Health Services encourages all community members to get the flu vaccine and to follow thorough personal hygiene practices.
In addition to preparing for flu season, the professionals at Health Services are monitoring and sharing information about Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). If you'd like to know about the virus and how best to protect yourself, please visit the Centers for Disease Control's overview: http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/ev-d68.html.
Like the flu, EV-D68 can cause fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, body and muscle aches. Some people will experience wheezing and difficulty breathing. The symptoms seem more severe in children and younger teens, especially if they have a history of asthma.
There is no vaccine and no definitive treatment available for EV-D68, other than those measures you would take to treat flu-like illness, such as fever-reducing medication, decongestant, and cough/cold medicines. However, getting the seasonal flu vaccine is still recommended.
Steps to prevent EV-D68 are identical to those for the flu
The steps listed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control are:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick, too.
- If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
- Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.
The College is also currently monitoring the current global Ebola outbreak. The College is taking preparedness steps and following guidelines from state and federal public health agencies. If you have traveled to an outbreak area (see here) or had contact with someone who has traveled to an outbreak area, please notify the Student Health Center (401-865-2422) or your immediate supervisor.
For more information on Ebola, please visit the RI Department of Health and CDC websites.