Consolidated Student Services Temporarily Relocated
Due to a power outage, the Consolidated Student Services Center will be closed for the afternoon of Tuesday, January 8, 2013.
Therefore, the following departments have been temporarily relocated to the LRC:
The following department has been temporarily relocated to Room W224:
We will keep you posted of any further developments.
Texas Department of State Health Services
September 29, 2009
Dial 2-1-1 for Flu Advice
Texans can now dial 2-1-1 to receive over-the-phone medical guidance about what they should do if they or a family member have flu symptoms.
The state’s 2-1-1 health information helpline is now staffed with medical professionals who can provide information about managing flu symptoms and advice on when to seek medical care from a physician or emergency room.
“We want to help people make informed decisions about how to care for themselves and their families,” said Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services. “Most H1N1 and seasonal flu cases can be successfully treated at home, without having to go to the doctor or without an unnecessary trip to the emergency room.”
The guidance is not intended to replace specific instructions people receive from their physicians, Lakey said.
The 2-1-1 staff also can provide general flu information and vaccine availability information for individuals and health care providers. Calls are answered round-the-clock. Callers are instructed to choose a language and then press “6” for flu information and guidance.
Basic flu symptoms include fever, cough and sore throat that usually come on suddenly. Most cases are relatively mild to moderate and do not need emergency treatment. Most people who have H1N1 flu or seasonal flu just need appropriate fluid intake, fever-reducing medication, rest and careful monitoring, Lakey said. Recovering at home also lessens the burden on the health care system.
People with underlying health conditions who think they have the flu should contact their health care provider.
The flu information and guidance service is provided through a DSHS contract with the 2-1-1 Texas Information and Referral Network operated by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
For more information about flu in Texas, visit DSHS’ www.TexasFlu.org.
Know What to Do About the Flu
Sanitary precautions remain the most effective approach to prevent the spread of the H1N1 virus. The World Health Organization declared the H1N1 outbreak a pandemic on June 11, but education and proactive steps reduce the health risk. Information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is available online at www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/ and the State of Texas offers online resources at www.texasflu.org.
The CDC recommends these preventative measures.
Symptoms of the H1N1 flu virus include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. The illness may persist for a week or more. Many infected people also reported diarrhea and vomiting. Groups at higher risk for serious complications include children younger than 5 years old, pregnant women, people of any age with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease), and people 65 years and older. Someone suffering from the flu who seeks medical care should wear a facemask, if available and tolerable.
Below is the link to the sobering “Report to the President on US Preparations for 2009-H1N1 Influenza”
H1N1 Flu Update
In accordance with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advisories, students and employees with influenza-like illness (fever with cough or sore throat) should stay home or not go in to the community except to seek medical care for at least 7 days, even if symptoms resolve sooner. All students and employees should continue to stringently exercise good hygiene and follow the recommendations to prevent the spread of influenza. College administration will continue to communicate with state and county health officials regarding the H1N1 flu to ensure a safe and healthy environment for students, staff, and our community.
Swine Flu Update
Since then the instructor taught three EMS classes at the TSTC Fire Academy and is not teaching at this time. The instructor shows no symptoms of the flu. On a conference call between officials from the Texas Department of State Health Services (Dr. Brian Smith and Dr. Charles Wing) and TSTC (Dr. Cesar Maldonado, Mr. Pat Hobbs, Mrs. Cathy Maples and Nurse Emily Gonzales) Dr. Smith advised that the instructor “is well past the incubation period and poses no risk of contracting the flu from past or future contact.” Dr. Smith advised that the instructor can continue teaching without any health risk to those around him.
TSTC officials will remain in close contact with the Department of Health Services for any future updates.
Students, faculty and staff may contact TSTC Student Health Services at 364-4306 regarding questions or concerns.
TSTC Public Assembly Events Postponed
Notice of the rescheduling for each of the above events will be made at a later date.
Classes and Events on Schedule
Information Hot-line created
Swine Influenza Information