The University, like the state and the rest of the country, is experiencing the effects of seasonal influenza.
Influenza is an upper respiratory infection and can be very serious. Symptoms tend to come on quickly and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, and extreme tiredness. This is not a "stomach flu," which includes nausea and vomiting. Be sure to read information about prevention and treatment if you become ill.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommend that everyone six months of age and older be vaccinated. If you have not yet been vaccinated, Boynton Health Service is offering free vaccination clinics. Alternatively, contact your healthcare provider.
If you are concerned about influenza exposure in the workplace, talk with your supervisor. You may also contact your local or central human resources representative to discuss concerns. If you become ill with influenza, stay home. Return to work once you have been fever free for 24 hours without using any fever-reducing medicine.
If you have children who become ill, call your supervisor to report that you need to stay home, just as you would any other time your children are ill.