With the early advent of flu season and all but two states reporting widespread flu activity, Pomona College and Student Health Services (SHS) of The Claremont Colleges are taking the threat of a potential flu outbreak seriously.
The Medical Emergency Task Force is coordinating planning across the colleges. SHS will be offering flu shot clinics again this semester. To schedule an appointment, call (909) 607-2252. Students who have the Claremont Colleges student health insurance plan do not have to pay for the shot, and SHS will submit the insurance claim for them. For Pomona students without the student health insurance, the College subsidizes the flu vaccine shots, so that students pay $10, instead of the regular $20 charge. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “a flu vaccine is the first and best way to prevent influenza.”
To ensure that the Pomona College community is familiar with the symptoms of the flu and when they should seek medical attention, that information has been distributed and is posted below. The Office of Campus Life has flu kits available, which students may request from their RAs or from the RA desks. The kits contain non-aspirin pain reliever, nasal decongestant, hand sanitizer, cough drops and a thermometer.
College administrators and SHS regularly monitor the CDC and the California Public Health Department guidelines for colleges and universities to ensure the health and welfare of the community. We also monitor the Los Angeles County Department of public Health website, for local information on flu outbreaks and other health issues that may impact campus.
Please seek care at SHS if you have the following flu symptoms:
- Fever (100.5F and higher)
- Sore throat
- Difficulty breathing
- Body aches
- Chills and fatigue
- Also could include diarrhea and vomiting
Emergency warning signs that need urgent attention:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Pain or pressure in chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough
If assistance is needed after hours, call Campus Safety at (909) 607-2000, and you will be connected to the Dean on Call or the SHS representative on call.
Students: If you have these symptoms, you should not go to class. You should report to Student Health Services, or after hours, contact Campus Safety (909-607-2000) and ask to speak with the on-call healthcare provider. The CDC recommends avoiding contact with others for at least 24 hours after a fever is gone except for getting medical care. Contact the Dean of Students Office at (909) 621-8017 if you have any questions about academic accommodations.
Staff and Faculty: If you have similar symptoms, please consult your health care provider for diagnosis and treatment. The CDC recommends avoiding contact with others for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except for getting medical care. Pomona College strongly encourages any sick employee to stay home and alert their supervisor.
In your everyday campus lives, please use common sense, caution, and consideration to contain the spread of any contagious illness.
What You Can Do to Stay Healthy
- Try to stay in good general health by getting plenty of sleep, being physically active, managing your stress, drinking plenty of fluids, and eating nutritious food.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water (15-20 seconds), especially after you cough or sneeze. The virus also lives on inanimate objects; so wash your hands frequently after touching door handles, railings, keyboards, water faucets or other public objects. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
- Do not share cups or eating utensils.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people. Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If you do not have a tissue, the CDC recommends that you cough into your upper sleeve or elbow.