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Influenza Update/Classes Still On/Help Available

The offices of the Provost and Deans, as well as Hubbs Health Center, wish to update the campus community about the Influenza A cases on campus.

The first culture-positive case of Influenza A was seen at Hubbs on Thursday, Dec. 4. Since then the number of students with the flu has grown daily, with numerous documented cases both at Hubbs and the emergency room of Geneva General Hospital.

Because of the number of students affected, the Provost’s Office is working with faculty to waive the requirement of a doctor’s notice from the Health Center in order to be excused from class. Accordingly, influenza can now be diagnosed remotely, by symptoms, and treated without an office visit.

Arrangements have been made with Saga to have food and beverages delivered to students who are ill and unable to leave their rooms. Students who need meals delivered need a waiver signed by Hubbs or their physician. Those students who have already visited Hubbs or need additional assistance can contact Sabrina McGinty, associate director of residential education, at

All classes are being held and all course requirements are in effect. Sick students need to contact their professors by e-mail or phone to alert them of illness, and then make arrangements to complete course work.

Medication can be used to treat the most common symptoms of the flu, but there is no antibiotic that will treat the infection. Below is information provided by the Health Center and a link to the Center for Disease Control that can be used to answer your questions.

Symptoms: fever, cough, achy muscles, sore throat, headache
Symptoms last approximately 4-5 days. Fever and cough worsen at night.

Any student with severe symptoms or symptoms not listed above should come to Hubbs for a full evaluation between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The center is on low-staff from noon until 1:30 p.m. Weekend hours for nursing care are 2-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Treatment (unless allergic to any of the following medications)
For fever/pain—two tablets or capsules of Tylenol 325 mg or 500 mg every 4-6 hours OR two tablets/capsules 200 mg ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) every 6 hours

For nasal congestion— two 30 mg tablets of pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) every 6 hours

For cough—2 teaspoons of Tussin DM (Robitussin DM) every 6 hours

Students wishing to purchase generic medications at Hubbs can come to the health center between 8:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. The medications will be charged to the term bill. A nurse will document visits in student charts. Students wishing to purchase medications off campus can find all of the above at Wegmans, Eckerts, Rite Aid or Tops.

Also, it is important to drink water or juice at regular intervals to remain hydrated. Light meals are encouraged.

NOTE: The campus supply of influenza vaccine has been exhausted and is not expected to be replenished. Please call Hubbs at ext. 3600 with questions or concerns.

Additional information on the flu can be found through the Center for Disease Control. Read CDC information at“CDC Web site”.