Winthrop University continues to closely monitor the spread of Influenza and Influenza-Like Illness (ILI). Health and Counseling Services encourages you to educate yourself about Influenza and ILI in order to take preventative measures to stay healthy, as well as learn what symptoms may be expected from these current strains of flu. If you experience influenza-like symptoms, please contact Health and Counseling Services at 803/323-2206 or your family healthcare provider. Also, review the Self-Care for Influenza-Like Illness Guidelines (pdf - 270.28 KB).
Health and Counseling Services has a telephone triage system in place so that when you call with regards to symptoms of an ILI, you will be asked questions regarding your symptoms in an effort to assess and make recommendations on further treatment. This will limit your exposure to others and the continued spread of disease. These recommendations will be based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and your personal medical history.
Health and Counseling Services will notify the Dean of Students daily of students that have been seen in the clinic or triaged by phone that day and determined to need self-isolation for ILI. When notified by Health and Counseling Services, that a student has been diagnosed with ILI, the dean's office will contact the faculty for the student to notify them that the student will miss class and has been advised by Health Services to be isolated. All faculty are encouraged to support the student while recovering. Students are copied on the e-mail and encouraged to stay in touch with their faculty.
When the Department of Residence Life is notified by the Dean of Students' Office that a residential student has been diagnosed with ILI, a residence life staff member will contact the student and any roommate.
Students will also be informed of the Flu Web site which offers information regarding taking care of themselves and others when flu is present. Nutrition and hydration will be important during illness and throughout the recovery process. Meals may be picked up and delivered by a friend or "flu buddy" during a student's self-isolation.