As George Mason University begins the spring semester, health care professionals and educational institutions are concerned about the widespread seasonal flu. George Mason administrators continue to monitor this situation and follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health officials. The best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated. To find locations that have flu vaccine, students can visit www.flu.gov; faculty and staff can visit hr.gmu.edu or www.flu.gov.
To prevent contracting or spreading the flu:
If you begin to exhibit flu-like symptoms, such as fever greater than 100°F (38°C), sore throat, stuffy nose, cough, headache, body aches and/or fatigue, you should:
If you experience complications such as chest pain, continuous high fever, dehydration, or confusion, seek medical attention. Students should contact Student Health Services at (703) 993-2831 or another health care facility. Faculty and staff should contact their health care provider if medical attention is needed.
The university will continue to operate normally; all classes, events, and activities will proceed as scheduled. Mason will continue to provide information and updates regarding this public health issue as needed, and we are all looking forward to a safe, healthy, and rewarding semester. For additional information regarding flu and Mason’s guidance and policies regarding this issue, please visit http://respond.gmu.edu.
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