A Message from Dr. Wayne Brumfield, Vice President of Student Affairs
Dear students, faculty and staff,
As you are aware, the flu can be highly contagious.
At the University of Louisiana at Monroe, we are implementing several safety measures to ensure the health of our university family. We are working closely with Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Office of Public Health to monitor flu symptoms, we are providing hand sanitizers in residence halls and academic buildings, and we are administering flu shots to all ULM students, faculty and staff.
Please follow these tips for optimal health, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services:
• Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective.
• Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
• Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. A fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100° Fahrenheit or 38° Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if the person feels very warm, has a flushed appearance, or is sweating or shivering.
• Stay home if you have flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100° Fahrenheit or 38° Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). Do not go to class or work.
• Talk with your health care providers about whether you should be vaccinated for seasonal flu. Also if you are at higher risk for flu complications from 2009 H1N1 flu, you should consider getting the H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available. People at higher risk for 2009 H1N1 flu complications include pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, heart disease, or diabetes).
For more information about priority groups for vaccination, visit:
or contact ULM's Student Health Center at 318-342-1651 for additional information.
Dr. Wayne Brumfield
Vice President of Student Affairs