SPREAD THE MESSAGE......NOT THE GERMS!
Oakland University is constantly working to
provide a healthy and safe environment for all students, faculty, staff and
visitors. We are committed to educate and train individuals in the prevention
and control of infectious diseases as well as the potential for widespread
PRIMARY. College students should pack more than their iPad and mini-fridge.
Health authorities say that they should also pack an ounce of prevention
against communicable diseases. Living in residence halls, apartments, and
off-campus housing can be a great experience, but know that everything which you own
will probably be used by one person or another at some time. If you have
roommates and visitors, be aware that items such as phones, computer keyboards, TV
remote controls, and even towels are all carriers of infectious disease.
Summer break means an
escape from the daily grind and possibly some traveling. Similar to last year and since 2012 (record number of OU students
venture abroad), OU travelers will have a safe and enjoyable
adventure. For some though, the trip can become unpleasant due
to a whole host of possible diseases, tainted food and drink, and health
risks. Be Prepared. This is your time. It is all
about you, and YOU are in charge of your health, safety, and
well-being. Students planning travel should check out the Health section
at the website Students Abroad.
It is also a good idea
to plan and prepare a Travel Health Kit. The purpose of packing a travel health kit is
to ensure travelers have supplies they need to:
- manage pre-existing medical conditions
- prevent illness related to traveling, and
- take care of minor health problems as they occur
For a more comprehensive
list of supplies, click on: Travel Health Kit
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If
you don't have soap, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Protect yourself from the sun. Use
sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher, a hat or head covering, sun glasses.
- Drink and eat regularly to stay hydrated.
- Practice healthy behaviors. If you
drink alcohol, drink in moderation. Do not drive if you have been
drinking. Use latex condoms if you have sex. Make sure equipment used
for tattoos and piercings is clean and sterile.
- Stay alert, especially in crowds. Choose a
place to meet if you get separated from your group. Travel with a
friend or group rather than going out alone.
- Exercise caution when traveling. Wear a
helmet when you ride a bike or motorcycle and be careful crossing the street;
make sure you look for oncoming traffic from both directions. If
traveling by car, use seatbelts and be familiar with traffic in
countries that travel on the left side of the road.
- Follow local laws and customs.
- Make a photocopy of your passport to carry with you at
WHEN YOU GET HOME:
Relax! Hopefully your trip included fun
and excitement, but if illness and injury were also a part of your trip, make
sure you follow up with a health care provider. Be sure to share the
details of your itinerary and activities with your provider.