Dear Students:

According to Michigan public health officials and the Centers for Disease Control, influenza activity continues to rise in the United States and most of the country is now experiencing high levels of influenza-like-illness. As of today, we have no reported cases of the flu on campus but we anticipate they will begin to appear very soon now that you have returned to for Winter term. Influenza hits college age students particularly hard, so it’s important we all prepare as comprehensively as possible. Please review the following information and recommendations so that we minimize contagion and contribute to the well-being of everyone at Kettering.

The Centers for Disease Control recommend that anyone with flu-like symptoms stay at home--away from classes and offices and all other public areas--until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours, without the aid of fever-lowering medications. The illness typically lasts from three to five days. See the CDC’s website for further information about symptoms and treatment.

We encourage all members of the campus community to obtain a flu shot, if you have not already done so. Flu shots will be available soon at the Wellness Center and we will inform you as soon as we receive the serum. You may also obtain a flu shot from your personal physician or at a local pharmacy, including those located in grocery stores like Kroger and VG’s. The closest location is Walgreens, at the intersection of Beecher and Ballenger roads, just west of campus. 

Learn how to prevent contagions:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often and for a minimum of 20 seconds; about the time it takes to sing two verses of “Happy Birthday.”
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue, if possible, and properly dispose of it. 
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers (you will find them available in many campus locations). 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
  • Don’t share food, drinks, utensils, or anything else that touches someone’s mouth. 
  • Avoid close contact with sick people. The virus can survive for long periods of time on surfaces, so wipe down surfaces that are used by others, including desks, computer keyboards, door knobs, etc. 
  • Hand sanitizer is available throughout campus. We encourage you to use it regularly.

Learn Flu symptoms: Fever; coughing and/or sore throat; runny or stuffy nose; headaches and/or body aches; chills; fatigue. Also, some people have reported vomiting and diarrhea.

Visit the Wellness Center or a primary care physician if you become ill. If you are diagnosed at the Wellness Center with the flu, we will notify your professors. They will give you an opportunity to make up missed assignments and exams. If you visit The McLaren Family Medicine Residency Center, which provides physician services to Kettering students, ask for a note indicating when you will be well enough to return to class. Then, visit the Wellness Center to arrange accommodations with your professors.

Transportation for medical services: Campus Safety will transport students to/from the McLaren Family Medicine Residency Center, as well as to other medical offices within a 10 mile radius of campus. Call 810-762-9501 or stop by the Campus Safety office in the Great Court to arrange transportation.

If you become ill , self-isolate until you are fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of fever-lowering medications (acetaminophen, ibuprofen). Do not return to classes until you have fully recovered, which may take several days. We recommend students return to their family homes or self-isolate at campus residences. If these are not an option, you may arrange to stay in the self-isolation unit we’ve established in Thompson Hall by contacting Director of Residence Life Katie Bosio (810-762-9537, kbosio@kettering.edu). This unit is available to all students, regardless of where you reside during your academic term. (Cost is $25 per day for students who live off campus.) We will provide meals at minimal cost to students who have not purchased a meal plan. The isolation unit includes television, internet access, and a computer lab.

Be patient and generous: Should the flu spread at Kettering, all members of the community will be impacted. Faculty may have to cancel classes. Offices may be understaffed. Faculty and staff absences may require flexibility of all of us.

Keep up to date: Check our Wellness Center website, as well as announcements on the Current Students’ announcements scroll. Also, check http://www.flu.gov/index.html for the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control. 

Help us help you: Take adequate precautions and keep informed. Additional information is available on the Wellness Center website. Contact us at the Wellness Center if you have questions: wellness@kettering.edu; Campus Center, First Floor; 810-762-9650.

Thanks for your cooperation.

Sincerely,
Betsy Homsher Cristina Reed
Vice President for Student Life Interim Director, Wellness Center