Lakeland students, faculty and staff are encouraged to be aware of the severity of the current flu season. Seasonal flu in Ohio is widespread. According to the Ohio Department of Health, the number of flu-related hospitalizations is significantly higher this season than last year and the preceding year.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that those sick with flu-like illness stay home for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine, except to get medical care or for other necessities. While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to limit the spread of infection.
Students who need to miss classes or assignments due to flu-like illness are advised to contact their professors in accordance with the procedure they have established for reporting an absence. Students are also encouraged to check the college website for flu information updates and daily class cancellations.
To increase your chances of remaining healthy, the CDC recommends that you:
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
Cover your cough with your elbow and use a tissue when you sneeze. Always throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
Practice healthy habits like eating a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables; drinking plenty of water; exercising regularly; getting adequate rest; and staying away from sick people.
Wash your hands often with soap and water. Washing your hands with soap and warm water for about 20 seconds is preferred. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.