Influenza Updates

As the flu season progresses, we wanted to let you know that WPI is working closely with city and state public health offices to monitor flu conditions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just reported that this year’s severe flu season is approximately half-way through.  The CDC is urging people who haven’t been vaccinated against the flu to seek vaccination.  The CDC also urges people to speak with their medical providers about antiviral medications, and to do their best to prevent infection.

Thus far there have been minimal Influenza-like Illness (ILI)-related cases reported to WPI Health Services.  For any members of our community who may be experiencing flu symptoms, please contact your doctor; he or she may prescribe an "antiviral" for treating the flu faster and preventing serious complications.

It is critically important to take every day preventative actions to protect yourself against the flu. The most effective tool for safeguarding our collective health is vigilance in preventing illness, and taking exceptional care in the event of illness.  We ask all members of the WPI community diagnosed with ILI to self-isolate until at least 24 hours after their fever breaks (without the aid of fever-reducing medication).  WPI also reminds everyone to follow the CDC's tips for prevention:

  • Wash your hands often, or use disinfectants if access to soap and water is limited;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing;
  • Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow if you do not have a tissue;
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, especially after contact with others;
  • Keep a 6-foot [two-meter] distance between yourself and anyone who is ill.

For the most up-to-date information on the flu, visit www.flu.gov or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636).

 
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Additional Resources

The Flu & What to Do

Flu: What You Can Do

Flu: What You Can Do is available at no cost in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Arabic, Vietnamese, Russian, Khmer, and Chinese. All versions are available for immediate download or in hard copy format in bulk quantities here.

CDC Weekly Reports

WPI Health and Wellness Services is an influenza surveillance site for the Center for Disease Control. However, there has been an increase in ILI (influenza-like illness). Weekly reports are available here.