Dear Georgia Southern Students, Parents, Faculty and Staff:
I wanted to take this opportunity to inform you via the information below of a few infectious disease related issues across the nation, and internationally, that we are continuing to monitor. Thank you for taking the time to consider the information below. I will send out updates on these and other issues as they become available. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance.
Brian M. DeLoach, M.D.
Georgia Southern University Health Services
Building 0404 Forest Drive
Statesboro, GA 30460-8043
Flu season is here, and we saw our first flu cases here in September. Health Services has vaccine in stock now and we are offering the vaccine again this year at a nominal fee to all faculty, staff, and students. All persons are advised to receive the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available. We will host several on-campus flu vaccine clinics over the next several weeks at various locations, and persons can walk in to Health Services to request a flu shot any day we are open, between the hours of 8am-12pm and 1pm-4:30pm. Keys to avoiding the flu include getting vaccinated, avoiding contact with sick persons, staying home when you are sick, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, and washing your hands frequently with alcohol based hand sanitizer or soap and water. Persons with the flu whose symptoms are severe, and those persons with the flu who are considered to be at high risk for severe illness, are encouraged to seek medical attention. More information about the flu can be found at More information about the flu can be found at www.cdc.gov/flu.
University officials continue to closely monitor the Ebola crisis currently involving the West African region. The Centers for Disease Control and U.S. State Department continue to have Level 3 Travel Warnings in place for Sierra Leone and Guinea, along with a Level 2 Travel Alert in effect for Liberia.
In accordance with these federal warnings, students, faculty, and staff traveling over breaks and for study abroad programs are strongly advised to avoid travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia.
However, if you must travel to one of these countries, or if you interact with individuals or family members who have traveled from one of these countries, you should notify Georgia Southern University Student Health Services immediately after returning to campus.
Please monitor CDC travel warnings and apply this message to all countries to which CDC has posted Travel Warnings or Alerts due to the Ebola crisis. More information for travelers can be found at:
Other pages of interest are:
Questions and Answers on Ebola: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/guinea/qa.html
Outbreak update: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/guinea/index.html
Colleges and Universities: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/advice-for-colleges-universities-and-students-about-ebola-in-west-africa
Health Services Policies
Finally, I would like to remind you of our policy at Health Services regarding “excuses.” According to the GSU Faculty and Student Handbook, class attendance policies, including how absences and excuses are handled, are determined by each individual faculty member/instructor. As such, it is not our responsibility at Health Services to “excuse” absences, and we do not distribute “excuses” for absences. We will give the patient, when appropriate, a form that serves as a verification of their visit. In certain instances related to specific injuries or illnesses, the form will include our recommendations as to whether the patient should or should not restrict their activities. Please note that this verification of visit form should not be misconstrued as an “excuse.” We leave the decision to “excuse” the absences up to the individual faculty members and instructors. Our role is to try to keep students healthy, and our recommendations are based on that purpose. We respectfully request that students discuss and resolve their health related classroom absences with their faculty member or instructor; or, if those issues cannot be resolved in this manner, one should seek resolution working through the Dean of Students Office.
Last updated: 10/5/2015