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Flu Information

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Student Health Services will be closed on April 2nd and 3rd due to the majority of staff being diagnosed with flu.  We will reopen on Monday, April 6th at 8 a.m.   Staff will be returning health and immunization related calls from home on April 2nd and 3rd between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

There will be no CVS delivery on Friday, April 3rd.  The next delivery will be Monday, April 6th.

If you need to see a doctor, please see our off campus resource page for area clinics.  If you need to access an off-campus clinic and do not have a ride, please contact Public Safety at 860-768-7985 and an arrangement will be made for you to be taken by cab.

Thank you for  your understanding.


Update: 4/1/15:

Over  456 cases of Influenza have been reported/diagnosed on campus.  Our hope was that the flu would subside over spring break...it has not.  We are seeing more cases.   PLEASE, if you are diagnosed and can go home, please go home.   We are finding students who have been diagnosed not being compliant with isolation while on campus.  They are in common areas and classrooms without masks.   This is causing the virus to spread.  Please help us break the cycle. 

Influenza update

  • If you have any of the symptoms listed below, please contact Health Services immediately to make an appointment to be tested or see your PCP as soon as possible.
  • The flu vaccine this year is only about 23% effective. Even if you were vaccinated, you are still susceptible to the flu virus. We are seeing symptoms of sudden onset of fever, body aches and some nausea and congestion.
  • Again, please call to make an appointment as soon as you are experiencing symptoms. The sooner you are diagnosed, the sooner we can get you started on the antiviral medication to help reduce your symptoms and duration of the illness.

Please make sure to wash your hands often!

Symptoms

Symptoms of flu include sudden onset of fever or chills and cough or sore throat. In addition, symptoms of flu can include body aches, headache, diarrhea, or vomiting.

Students who are sick

Call Health Services to make an appointment to be seen. If you are too sick to leave your room, contact your RA or Public Safety for assistance. Hydration packs are available from Health Services (860.768.6601).

Arrangements can be made for food delivery using Dining Service's "Get Well Buddy" form. (see link on right side of this page)

Faculty and staff

Visit a healthcare provider to verify whether you have the flu or a cold. If flu is confirmed, contact your department head and/or direct supervisor. Faculty members, if possible, please notify your students through Blackboard or email on how class assignments will proceed.


If you have a confirmed case of the flu

Please, stay home or go home if you can. If you cannot get home, please self-isloate in your room until you are fever/cough-free for at least 24 hours without medication. If you need help getting food while you are on campus, please see our link on the right side of this page for our "Buddy Form". This will allow you to assign a friend to pick up meals under your food plan. We are here to help if you need any assistance with food, classes, medication, etc.

If you are diagnosed off campus, please notify us so we may help you with notification of your classes.

Help prevent the further spread of flu

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand cleaner if soap and water are not available.
  • Hand-sanitizer dispensers are available in the dining halls and entrances to academic buildings. Please use them as you enter.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Get the flu vaccine.

If a severe flu outbreak hits our community, we will take additional steps to avoid spreading the flu virus on campus.

If you have any questions about policies or would like to suggest action steps we can take, please email us at flu@hartford.edu. By working together, we can protect our community and have a productive fall and winter.

University of Hartford Emergency Numbers

Student Health Services
860.768.6601

After hours emergency
860.768.7777

Public Safety
860.768.7985

Food Delivery

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While you are ill arrangements can be made for food delivery using Dining Services' Get Well Buddy system.  Get Form