Influenza may cause only mild to moderate symptoms for most students, but for students with the following risk factors (see CDC link below), the illness could result in very severe symptoms. For the protection of other students, if you are unable to go home for the recovery period, self-isolation is recommended. If your health care provider has recommended self-isolation for you, here are the steps you should follow:
- If distance allows you to go home and/or a family member is able to come and get you, it is strongly recommended that you go home to recuperate.
- If you are unable to go home due to distance or a family member is unable to come and get you, you will be asked to stay in your residence hall room.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends self-isolation for 24 hours past the time your fever is gone, without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
- Notify your roommate(s) of your illness so he/she can self-monitor for symptoms and begin investigating alternative living arrangements (such as relocating to a friend's room) during your recuperation. Notify your close contacts of your illness so they can monitor themselves for symptoms. Consider showing your roommate(s) and close contacts the information on this website. Symptoms to be aware of are available at www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/sick.htm.
- Your health care provider may give you instructions to be away from class, work, or activities for a longer period of time depending on your personal situation.
- Self-isolation means remaining out of class, work (including student work), athletics, social functions and gatherings, clubs, campus dining and other eating establishments, and Storm Lake area businesses and the community.
- Contact the Office of Student Services at 749.2123 if you were evaluated off-campus for your illness.
- Flu kits are available for your use and to support you as you recover. Kits are available from Student Health Services. A mask should be worn (if tolerated) when you leave your room. If possible, bathroom visits should be timed during low traffic use.