Graham Health Center

408 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-2341
fax (248) 370-2691

24-hour RX refill:
(248) 370-2679
(If your question is time sensitive, please call the office.)

Infection Prevention & Control

Whether you are a student, staff, faculty or visitor, Oakland University cares about your health and well-being. That is why OU instituted the Infection Prevention and Control Committee (IPCC). The committee's efforts are designed to decrease the risk of infection within the university community.

FLU is here! 

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends

Take 3 actions to fight the flu

1. Vaccinate

2. Stop germs

3. Antiviral drugs if your health care provider prescribes them

Take time to get a flu vaccine.

  • CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
  • While there are many different flu viruses, a flu vaccine protects against the viruses that research suggests will be most common. (See Vaccine Virus Selection for this season’s vaccine composition.)
  • Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.
  • Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year before flu activity begins in their community. CDC recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October, if possible.  Learn more about vaccine timing.
  • CDC recommends use of injectable influenza vaccines (including inactivated influenza vaccines and recombinant influenza vaccines) during 2017-2018. The nasal spray flu vaccine (live attenuated influenza vaccine or LAIV) should not be used during 2017-2018.
  • Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness.
  • People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.
  • Vaccination also is important for health care workers, and other people who live with or care for high risk people to keep from spreading flu to them.
  • Children younger than 6 months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated. People who care for infants should be vaccinated instead.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
Please help encourage the prevention of infectious diseases among others in the OU community. See below for a variety of posters and brochures for your own use. We encourage you to print your favorites and hang them wherever they may be viewed by others in your area.

Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

& Staff
Personal Protection & Prevention

Avoid Droplet Spread

Influenza virus is spread from person to person when an infected individual coughs or sneezes and sends small droplets through the air; this is known as “droplet spread”. Droplets become airborne and can land on the mouth or nose of people who are in close proximity. They can also land on any surface and contaminate an individual who touches the surface and then touches their own nose or mouth, or someone else’s, before washing their hands. Even though hand washing, social distancing and vaccination offer, perhaps the best defense against transmission of disease, the disinfection of environmental surfaces and the use of appropriate personal protective products can play an important role in keeping you healthy.

Recommended Equipment and Supplies

Personal Protection
In addition to avoiding close contact, avoid touching your nose and mouth and wash your hands frequently. In the event that you must come into contact with potentially contaminated surfaces, you can further protect yourself by wearing gloves.

Currently, CDC does not recommend the use of masks as an influenza control strategy in non-healthcare settings. Since adults are contagious 1 day before symptoms appear and up to 5 days after onset of illness, practicing appropriate cough etiquette, including hand hygiene, is a far more effective means to limit transmission of disease. Although not recommended for departmental planning purposes, if desired, filtering facemasks are available for purchase.
Disinfect Environmental Surfaces
Disinfectants are antimicrobial agents that are applied to non-living objects to destroy microorganisms, the process of which is known as disinfection.

In the United States, liquid chemical germicides (disinfectants) are regulated by EPA and FDA. EPA maintains listings of registered antimicrobial products that are effective against certain blood borne/body fluid pathogens, Mycobacteria tuberculosis, human HIV-1 virus, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C Viruses. In addition; they maintain fact sheets on registered antimicrobial products with label claims for avian (bird) flu disinfectants.

As part of a complete infection and prevention program, utilizing disinfectants to maintain your office area, telephone and other work surfaces free of germs is a good idea. In addition, the use of hand sanitizers with a minimum of 60% alcohol is recommended when access to soap and running water is not practical. It is recommended that departments consider their needs with regards to protection and disinfection as part of regular infection control techniques and as it relates to business continuity planning in the event of a University closure.

How to Order
OU employees can purchase effective sanitizers and disinfectants from a variety of approved vendors including Grainger and Detroit Pencil Company. 


IPC Committee Members:

  • Cora Hanson, MS, Environmental Health and Life Safety Manager, ext. 4427
  • Mariann Hodge, MS, MT (ASCP),  Laboratory Compliance Specialist, ext. 4603
  • Nancy Jansen RN, MSN, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Graham Health Center Director, ext. 4375