Student Health Care
Columbia College Chicago administrators are actively planning and preparing for the flu season which will involve Influenza Like Illness. Columbia College Residence Life administrators are part of a college-wide task force monitoring this situation. All campus facilities are in full compliance with the guidelines and recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Cook County Health Department, and the Columbia College Chicago Student Health Care Center. Health care professionals encourage you to stay informed, stay healthy, and be prepared.
- CDC Flu Info
- Cook County Health Department
- Columbia College Student Health Care Center
- Columbia College Student Life
- American College Health Association
- Eat healthy, get 8 – 10 hours of sleep per night, and exercise. Find healthy ways to deal with stress and anxiety.
- Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Practice respiratory etiquette. The main way flu spreads is from person to person in droplets produced by coughs and sneezes, so it's important to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, NOT your hands.
- If you are sick, stay at home or in your place of residence for at least 24 hours after your fever has passed.
- Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing behaviors.
- Talk to a health care provider about whether you should be vaccinated. Vaccinations for Influenza Like Illness for students under 24 years of age may be available in October. Seasonal flu vaccine for all students, staff and faculty will likely be available prior to October. Visit the Columbia College Records Office site for more information on immunizations.
- Purchase hand sanitizer for your personal use.
- Purchase air/hard surface disinfectant for your personal use.
- Purchase a first aid kit and personal thermometer.