We encourage all students to get an annual Flu shot . Please ask your primary care provider or pharmacist to vaccinate you early in the Fall. Walgreens and Chester River Pharmacy in Chestertown provide the flu vaccine and in most cases, can bill your insurance company.
Washington College has offered on campus clinics in partnerships with the local pharmacies in the past. We are currently in negotiations for this Fall to try to provide on- campus clinics.
In addition, the local Health Department in Kent County offers many Flu clinics. Check the Kent County HealthDepartment site for upcoming dates at kenthd.org
Take everyday steps to protect your health
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water especially after you cough or sneeze or use hand sanitizers available in highly trafficked areas of buildings throughout campus.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and then throw the tissue away and wash your hands. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper arm. Do not cough or sneeze into your hands.
Wipe down frequently touched surfaces such as door knobs, phones, key boards, etc. at least daily.
Maintain a distance of 3-6 feet from others especially if they appear ill or are coughing or sneezing.
Get enough sleep and eat a well-balanced diet. If you are run down you will be more susceptible to illness.
Monitor yourself for signs and symptoms of flu.
Signs and Symptoms of the flu
- Fever of 100 or greater and at least one other symptom listed below
- Sore Throat
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Body Aches
If you have these symptoms
Do not go to class, the dining hall or campus events. It is important that you notify Health Services at ext 7261 or 410-778-7261 as soon as possible for further instructions. If Health Services is not open please self isolate in your room and follow the instructions at the following web sites.
Students, faculty and staff with flu like illness will be advised to go home if possible to be cared for by family and to minimize the risk of spreading flu to others. Students, faculty, and staff should not return to campus until fever free for a minimum of 48 hours without the use of fever reducing medications. Arrangements will be made to assist students who are unable to return home.
Warning Signs and Symptoms for Adults with Flu
If you have any of the following symptoms or you are at high risk for complications contact your health care provider immediately.
- Difficulty breathing
- Blue or discoloration of the lips
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness
- Severe or persistent vomiting/ signs of dehydration such as absence of urination
- Flu symptoms improve and then return with fever and worse cough
High risk conditions include pregnancy, asthma, heart disease, diabetes or any chronic medical condition that compromises the immune system.
In an emergency please call 911.