Troy University getting the word out about the flu

Posted: Thursday, 20 August 2009

TROY – Troy University officials say education is a key element in the fight against the flu virus, and they are taking steps to get the word out.

Since classes began last week, the University has been hoping its message of prevention, detection and treatment will go viral itself.

“What we’re trying to do is inform our students, faculty and staff that there are some common-sense steps that they can take to help protect themselves from the flu,” said Dean of Students Herbert Reeves.

Reeves oversees, among other things, the Student Health Center on the Troy Campus.

“Right now we are seeing what would be considered higher-than-normal instances of flu-like symptoms through our health center, but we want to be sure everyone knows what flu symptoms are and what they can do to protect themselves,” he said.

Already, University-wide emails containing personal protective measures and instructions on what to do if the flu is suspected have gone to all students, and Reeves’ office will coordinate a public information campaign complete with fliers, pamphlets, residence hall meetings and “town hall” meetings. In addition, faculty members are reviewing flu protocols in their classes and supervisors are making their employees aware of safety information.

Periodic email updates on the flu situation will be sent, and hand sanitizer dispensers are being installed in locations around each Alabama campus.

“The Alabama Department of Public Health has issued clear advice for people and we’re helping to get their word out to our students, faculty and staff as we head into flu season,” Reeves said. “We want everyone to be safe and stay healthy.”

Among the precautions Reeves is distributing are recommendations to:

  • Wash hands often and well.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Get a flu vaccine.
  • Follow travel alerts.
  • Stay home if sick.
  • Stay informed.