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

health@oakland.edu
(If your question is time sensitive, please call the office.)

Hours:
M-F: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wed. with extended hours: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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.
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Coronavirus is in the headlines  with a handful of cases in the US so far.  More worrisome is the high number of  Influenza numbers nationwide and on campus this semester.  CDC reports flu related hospitalizations rates are higher for children and young adults at this time than in recent flu seasons and the numbers at Graham Health Center reflect this trend.    In the past 3 weeks Graham Health Center has treated 22 students for influenza type B, an unusually large number.  The true number of cases on campus is unknown and likely much much higher.  These students have a fever, mild cough, maybe a sore throat and they feel achy and tired.  Some students also experiencing. nausea, vomiting and need additional  treatment in the emergency room for dehydration. Most of these students have not been vaccinated against the flu.
GHC is providing treatment for the flu which includes rest, fever reducing medication, self isolation (until fever free for 24 hours) and an antiviral medication if indicated.
What the OU community needs to know NOW
  • A flu shot is the first and most important step in protecting against influenza and its potentially serious complications.
  • Seek medical attention within 48 hours of flu symptoms (fever and either cough or sore throat) for optimal treatment.  
  • 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.) We advise students to go to their primary home.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.
  • 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.
Flu vaccine is available at Graham Health Center without an appointment and at no charge.
GHC is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm with late hours on Wednesday until 6:30 pm
We have free thermometers in the lobby and fever reducing medication (acetaminophen and ibuprofen) available by request at the window.
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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. 

Other Helpful Links and Resources
Members

IPC Committee Members:

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