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Information for Students

An informed and prepared public can take appropriate actions to decrease risk during a pandemic, which is defined as a global disease outbreak.  UWG wants you to stay healthy and safe, so please read the information below and make these habits a part of your lifestyle.

Suggestions for Influenza Prevention

Go to http://www.westga.edu/flu/index_10713.php and read the many easy ways you can prevent the spread of flu germs.

If You Feel Sick

Students are advised to report to UWG Health Services if they are ill, especially if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms which include fever, dry cough and body aches. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have set the criteria for screening for Type A flu if the individual has a fever of 102 or higher.

Self-Isolation

If students, faculty or staff are diagnosed with Type A influenza, the CDC recommends self-isolation, which means no contact with others until there is no fever present for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. UWG encourages students to go home if at all possible for the duration of their illness.

Self-isolation requires the ill individual to remain in their room and not attend classes or any social functions. Students living on-campus should contact their Resident Advisor for instructions in the event their roommate becomes ill.

Food Service

Meals for those students with campus meal plans will be delivered to the ill students while they are observing self-isolation.  Students who have not purchased meal plans may also have meals delivered with a cost per meal. For information concerning meal delivery, contact housing@westga.edu. This service is only for students living in the residences halls. 

Inoculations

The seasonal flu vaccine, which is expected to be available in early September, will be administered at the Health Services Center on a first-come, first serve basis. There is no cost for students and a $15 fee for faculty and staff.  Once the Type A flu vaccine is available, expected in mid October, the University’s mass inoculation plan will be implemented to cover all students, faculty, staff and their dependents.  Details of this plan will be posted on this site and widely distributed throughout the campus community.

Academic Work

UWG Health Services will provide written confirmation of the diagnosis of flu for students to present to faculty members in order to be excused from classes.  If diagnosed by a private physician, written confirmation should be requested by the student.  Students are responsible for work missed according to each individual faculty member’s policy.