With the flu season coming and increased concerns particularly over the new H1N1 strain, or swine flu, Shoreline Community College is taking steps that may ward off or limit the spread of the illness.
Through Public Health – Seattle & King County, Shoreline Community College officials are closely monitoring flu conditions and will make decisions about the best steps to take concerning the college. Updates will be made as conditions warrant.
Steps taken so far include:
Communication/education: The college will inform and update on flu-related issues using on-campus signage, voicemail, e-mail, the SCC Web site, Twitter and Facebook.
- Facilities: Enhanced cleaning practices put in place this past spring are continuing. Also, non-touch dispenser for alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be installed in more than two dozen locations. Smaller dispensers will be in every classroom and employees will have access to sanitizer through their departments.
- Academics: For all appropriate classes, faculty members are developing Web-based learning options using technologies such as Blackboard and Elluminate should students or faculty be unable to attend class for extended periods due to illness.
Here are a few things everyone can do to help:
Practice good hygiene: Wash hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand cleaners. When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or use your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Know the signs and symptoms: Look for signs of fever such feeling very warm, a flushed appearance and sweating or shivering. A fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius.
Stay home if you are sick: Stay home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever without taking fever-reducing medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
Talk with your health-care provider: Ask if you should be vaccinated for seasonal flu and about getting the H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available.
If this year’s flu season becomes more severe, college officials may take additional steps to limit the spread of the virus and safeguard the health of students, faculty and employees
Additional information is available at www.shoreline.edu/flu, http://www.flu.gov/ and http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health.