Flu at Bowdoin 2013

Just a word about catching the flu…DON’T!

As you know from recent news reports, influenza is in virtually every state including here in Maine. We are seeing three strains, predominantly H3N2. The flu is making its rounds early and is exceptionally aggressive this year, so we are asking members of the Bowdoin community to take steps to minimize the impact of the flu on campus.

GET VACCINATED! A flu vaccination is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get the flu, and it will lessen the chance that you will spread the flu to others. If you have not yet received the a flu shot, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that it is not too late to be vaccinated now in 2013. If you elect to get a flu shot at one of several local pharmacies and present your health insurance ID card, most will bill your insurance company. Your primary care physician's office may also be offering flu shot clinics which do not require a co-payment.   Be sure to call first to make sure the pharmacy or doctor's office or clinic do indeed have the vaccine available.

STAY HOME IF YOU’RE SICK! Please stay home if you are sick with symptoms of the flu and communicate with your supervisor.

IF YOU ARE WELL, TRY TO STAY THAT WAY! cover your mouth and nose with a tissue if you cough or sneeze. Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your mouth, nose and face to prevent the spread of germs. Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

The CDC offers great information about the flu and a three step approach to preventing the flu. Wash your hands first and check out these sites!