If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, please stay home.
Based on recommendations from the CDC, the RMC Health Center has adopted the following guidelines in regard to influenza-like illnesses:
- Persons with a fever of 100.0°F or greater and upper respiratory symptoms should self-isolate in their residence hall room or at home until 24 hours after their fever has resolved without the use of fever-reducing medications.
- Certain individuals with chronic health problems may be candidates for anti-viral medications and should contact the RMC Health Center or their health care provider to discuss this option.
- If students with flu-like symptoms wish to obtain an excused absence, they must obtain a doctor’s verification of the absence as per existing student absence policies or must notify their instructors of absences.
- If you are a residence hall resident, please consider returning to your permanent home, if possible, to recuperate.
Symptoms of seasonal influenza include fever (usually high), headache, fatigue, body aches, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and occasionally stomach symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. Symptoms of H1N1 influenza in most cases are similar to, and no worse than, those caused by typical seasonal flu.
- If you are experiencing these symptoms, please report your illness through the RMC self-reporting system in order to ensure proper assistance from healthcare professionals, as well as to inform staff and faculty of your possible absences from class.
In certain instances, the symptoms above may occur in conjunction with other symptoms. This can be indicative of a more severe illness that may require medical attention. Seek care if you experience:
- Bluish or grayish skin color
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Chest pains
- Shortness of breath
Remember these important actions that you can take every day to remain healthy:
- Cover your nose and mouth with your sleeve when you sneeze or cough
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol based cleanser
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people
- Stay home and away from work or school if you are sick
Additional information concerning influenza can be found at:
- CDC Guidance: Taking care of a sick person with H1N1
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control Travel Advisories
If you have any additional questions, contact the Housing & Residence Life Office at 406.657.1051 or the Student Health Services Office at 406.657.1068.