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HELPING YOUR STUDENT STAY HEALTHY ON CAMPUS

 

With the onset of cooler weather, the arrival of colds, flu and other common but infectious diseases can be expected. Recent media attention on infectious diseases in Virginia, such as MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus), inevitably raises concerns about their potential transmission among a close-knit community.

 

Health officials cite practicing good hygiene as the best preventive measure against infectious diseases, including MRSA. The following tips were sent to Old Dominion University students as a reminder.  You may also want to reinforce these points with your student(s):

 

1.      Wash your hands often, especially before meals and after using the restrooms.

2.      Keep your bathrooms clean and clear of debris.

3.       Wipe down surfaces with disinfectant cleansers or a bleach solution

4.      Frequently wipe down "high touch" surfaces, i.e. door handles, tabletops, and your desk or study areas.

5.      After workouts with exercise equipment, be sure to remove perspiration by wiping the surfaces clean.

6.      Cough into your sleeve to trap any air born germs.

7.      Sneezing is a good way to carry germs, cover your mouth or turn your head away from others. Be sure to wash your hands after sneezing.

8.      Dispose used tissues into the trash. Do not leave them laying on surfaces.

9.      Use alcohol based hand sanitizers between soap and water hand washing

10.  Try to avoid getting overly tired and not eating well as this can lower your resistance.

11.  If you receive an injury or have an open wound, please go to the Student Health Center to have it checked out and treated if necessary.

 

Students also were reminded to make use of Student Health Services located at 1007 South Webb University Center or call 757-683-3132 for any of their health care concerns.  Student Health Services is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with extended hours until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.

 

If it is a life-threatening emergency, Public Safety (757-683-4000) should be notified for immediate assistance. To reach the "on-call clinician" after hours or on weekends, call Public Safety and ask to speak to the on-call clinician. Public Safety will page the on-call clinician, who will return the call to the student and advise them accordingly. There are hospitals and urgent care facilities within a couple of miles from the campus.

 

Additional information is available by visiting:

 

http://www.vdh.state.va.us/

 

or

http://www.cdc.gov/Features/MRSAinSchools/