TU urges precautions for flu virus

Friday, August 28, 2009

With the arrival of influenza virus in the Tulsa area, officials from The University of Tulsa are encouraging the campus community to follow some simple precautions in order to reduce chances of becoming ill:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.  Throw the tissue in the trash after use.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.  Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Eat well and get adequate sleep.

TU officials are re-emphasizing these measures after two students were diagnosed Friday with type A influenza. The cases, which are believed to be unrelated, were reported to TU officials Friday after the students visited the on-campus Alexander Health Clinic. In keeping with TU’s health emergency plans, the students have been isolated at a campus residence until the flu symptoms have passed. Officials will continue to monitor the situation and take appropriate action to protect students, employees and campus operations.   

The signs and symptoms of this flu virus are fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.  Anyone who is feeling ill with these symptoms should seek medical attention. TU students and employees may visit the Alexander Health Center (M-F, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) for medical treatment and referrals. For health needs outside of the clinic’s hours, students and employees are urged to visit one of the local emergency health clinics.

A vaccine is currently being developed for the seasonal flu. The seasonal flu vaccine is expected to be distributed in October or November, with federal health officials determining what organizations will receive the vaccines. 

For more information about the influenza virus, visit the Center for Disease Control web site at www.cdc.gov/flu.

David Hamby