- Travelers' Health
- Register with the Department of State’s STEP program. This program can assist you in the event of an emergency abroad.
- Zika Virus - MichDHHS update
- Zika Travel Information - CDC
- Travel Health Information by Destination (Country) - CDC
ADDITIONAL HEALTH INFORMATION
- "FIGHT THE BITE" Mosquitoes- MichDHHS
- Protection Against Mosquitoes, Ticks & Other Insects & Arthropods
- Bed Bugs CDC FAQs
- Heat Related Illness
- ATTENTION ATHLETES:
- Hydrate before, during and after physical activity
- Avoid alcohol and liquids containing large amounts of sugar or caffeine
- Use flavored, cold salty sports drinks, like Gatorade to replace electrolytes
- Limit vigorous activity to cooler morning or evening hours if possible
- Avoid wearing excess clothing, including sweatshirts
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight light-colored clothing
- Wear a net-type jersey
- Remove helmet when not playing or scrimmaging
- Wear sunglasses, brimmed hat and SPF-15 or higher sunscreen
Infection Prevention & Control
Fall and Winter
As the weather gets cooler we spend more time indoors, in classrooms, offices and in closer quarters. This is one reason we see an increase in cases of communicable diseases. Some of the more common infections we see include colds, Influenza (Flu), Strep throat, Mononucleosis (Mono), bronchitis, gastroenteritis (viral diarrhea/vomiting). Infections like these are typically spread by contact with infected bodily fluids. Contact can occur by sharing eating utensils and drinking glasses or by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching our mouths. Some of these infections are spread when we cough or sneeze and the germs become airborne.
The good news is there are several strategies that work very well to prevent or at least reduce the risk of spreading or acquiring these common infections. These practices include:
- Frequent and thorough hand washing, using soap and running water. This is especially important before eating, after a cough or sneeze and after using the bathroom.
- Avoid touching your nose and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a disposable tissue or with your upper sleeve.
- Get 7-8 hours of sleep a night, drink plenty of fluids and eat a balanced diet.
- Get a flu shot every year.
- Keep up to date on all recommended adult immunizations. For more information on recommended immunizations click here.
Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH)
Centers for Disease Control and 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
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.
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