CT schools taking steps to limit the spread of the potentially deadly flu virus


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Albertus Magnus College is taking proactive steps to protect faculty, staff and students from this deadly flu season.

“We have a number of students who maybe might start to feel sick, we want to make sure that everyone knows what to do if they feel sick,” explains Registered Nurse Elena Tamayo Heitz to students; raising more awareness with the start of a new semester.

She says, “We’ve certainly have seen some folks with flu like illness, not necessarily diagnosed with the flu.”

Tamayo Heitz credits four flu clinics in the fall for the relatively low numbers; but they are not taking any chances. More flyers, posting tips on prevention, are going up. Stay healthy packets are being handed out.

Increasing the number of wall hand sanitizers, also on the list. As well as making sure they are full.

Aggressive cleaning – likely to start soon.

Tamayo Heitz says, “I think it’s how frequently are we doing it cause if we did it once a day before, we probably want to be doing it twice a day or at least before and after peak high volume times like meal times here in the dining hall.”

At the University of New Haven, sick students are asked to check in online, on the flu notification site.

Nurse Director Paula Cappuccia says, “So they don’t have to come down to Health Services and expose other students.”

Instructors will also be notified.

“Then Health Services will do follow ups via phone every single day,” she says, “until they are improved or we feel that they may need to come into Health Services to be seen by one of the clinicians.”

No epidemic here still — Cappuccia says, “We have seen lots of cold symptoms and…Several cases of actual positive flu diagnosed.”

Flu packets are ready for a roommate to pickup.

She says, “We have little flu packets that will have a mask in that packet, it will have some Tylenol, some Motrin.”

Back at Albertus Magnus —

“I’m trying to encourage people to get it,” says Senior Bryan Woodmansee who got the flu shot early, adding, “A couple of years ago, I got sick for like 6 to 8 weeks straight. I had no voice, it was really bad.”

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