SMU urges preventive measures against flu

Hand washing helps prevent flu from spreadingCases of the flu have been recently reported in North Texas, including several at SMU.

The University has increased the frequency of sanitation procedures in University buildings and encourages vigilance regarding personal hygiene and health habits. There are things you can do to help prevent the spread of germs, including:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer frequently, especially after touching common surfaces (door handles, railings, etc.).
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with either a disposable tissue or your sleeve.
  • If you have a fever or flu-like symptoms, do not go to work or class until 24 hours after you no longer have fever. Students who miss class should contact their professors about making up any missed assignments. Human Resources is developing guidelines for employees who miss work. The Provost is developing academic guidelines for faculty and staff.
  • Regularly clean work surfaces and touch points (door handles, drawer pulls, chair arms, etc.) in your work area and home.

SMU will distribute flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available to the University.

The University remains in close contact with the Dallas County Health Department, the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization. The University also is monitoring the flu situation in other countries for those studying or teaching abroad. Learn more from SMU’s Flu Homepage.

What SMU is doing about the flu
Academic plans for a possible flu pandemic
Faculty and staff guidelines regarding a flu outbreak from SMU Human Resources
Flu information for parents
Cleaning and disinfecting guidelines

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