Remember when you were little and you got sick? Remember when whoever was in charge of you wouldn’t let you play with your friends until you were no longer “contagious?” Remember when that happy day came when you were allowed to go out and play because you were better, you were no longer contagious … but your friends stayed away because they thought you had “Cooties?” Remember?
Contagious diseases are a part of living in community. Contagious diseases found in university communities include, but are not limited to: Colds, Flu, Strep Throat, Mononucleosis, Varicella, Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Meningitis.
A contagious disease may be transmitted directly from one body to another without the aid of other objects, e.g., kissing, droplet spray from sneezing, coughing, spitting, singing or talking. It may be transmitted indirectly when an object transmits the organism. Objects of transmission may be clothing, linens, utensils, food, water, milk, air, soil or insects.
The contagious period of each specific contagious disease varies and is that period of time or times during which the infectious agent may be transferred directly or indirectly from an infected person to another person.
Stetson University Health Service advises students with contagious diseases when they are able to be with the general population on campus; when they need to go home, go to their residence hall, or go to class. Health Service will work with physicians, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or the Florida Department of Health, along with Stetson University’s Dean of Students, to ascertain when it is appropriate for a student who has had a contagious disease to rejoin the campus community. We are dedicated to protecting not just the ill student, but the entire campus community.
So, be kind to your friends who are sick, welcoming them back when they are better. Be kind to yourself by doing what you need to do to stay as healthy as you can and by so doing, help your campus community stay healthy!
- Wash your hands with soap and water.
- Implement good self-care skills, maintaining adequate hydration, nutrition and sleep.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper shirt sleeve, not your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces like laptops, notebooks, phones and doorknobs.
- Get a Flu shot.
Stetson Health Service is here for you! See us when you need to. We are in Griffith Hall. 386-822-8150