Connecticut College – with information and consultation provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the Connecticut public health commissioner, and the local Ledge Light Health District – closely monitors public health issues. Below is information that may be helpful for students, faculty, staff, parents and other visitors to the College.
If you become ill with flu or flu-like symptoms, you should contact Student Health Services by phone first at 860-439-2275, rather than walking in. This is especially important to protect students with other health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, suppressed immune systems, heart disease and kidney disease as they may be coming in for care at Student Health Services and are at higher risk for complications from the flu. Healthcare personnel will document your illness over the phone. You may designate a friend to come in for medications, fluids, and masks that you may use in your room while ill.
Students with suspected cases of flu may be asked to remain in their rooms and identify a friend who can bring meals and drinks from the dining hall. If you live within driving distance, we may suggest you go home to recuperate.
As always, if you become ill and have to miss class, you should inform your professors and academic dean as soon as possible, which may be done via email. You should be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication before resuming your routine class and co-curricular schedules.
For more information about caring for yourself when you are sick please visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/caring-for-someone.htm. Specific instructions for Connecticut College students with the flu may be found here: Influenza Instructions 2017.
Prevention of communicable diseases
Students who are currently in areas affected by the zika virus have been contacted by Student Health Services and the Study Away Office. We encourage all students to monitor the CDC website (http://www.cdc.gov/zika/) for updates on the virus and affected countries.
Note to Non-Immunized Students
Non-immunized students (those without immunization for measles, mumps, rubella, meningitis, and/or varicella) will be required to leave campus for three weeks in the event of an outbreak.