Communicable Disease Safety

The Northwest Florida State College campuses and centers are an important part of the local communities that it serves. As in any community, it is important that the students, faculty, and staff realize that they should take every possible precaution to prevent themselves or others from contracting a communicable disease.

A common communicable disease for our region during the months of October-May is influenza. It's not possible to predict how severe flu season will be each year but it is possible to protect yourself and others from this disease. Seasonal influenza is a serious public health problem that causes severe illness and death in high risk populations.

Please read CDC - Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine, about ways to protect yourself and others this season.

Another very serious communicable disease that we have all heard about recently in the news is the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). It is a severe, often fatal disease in humans. In today's world of frequent international travel, this disease is also something that we need to use precaution against. There are ways that we can protect ourselves and others from this terrible disease. Please read the Facts About Ebola factsheet [pdf] from the Florida Department of Health for ways to recognize symptoms of the disease and protect yourself and others from contracting.

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