Health Services General Information
The Health Center is available to students in the event of injury, illness or emergency. Staffed 24 hours a day by a cheerful and competent staff, the Health Center is available to students at all times. Although the door is locked at 1o p.m., the Health Center is open for emergencies at the ring of the night bell.
Sick call for boarding students begins at 8 a.m. Mondays through Fridays and Week I Saturdays, at which times the school nurse practitioner is available for examinations. The medical director is on call at all other times.
A host of other competent physicians in Greater Hartford serve Loomis Chaffee students as needed. Whenever a student is hospitalized for severe illness or operation, the adviser, dormitory head, or another responsible adult will accompany the student until a parent arrives.
The Health Center, located in Gwendolen Hall, is staffed 24-hours a day during the school year. You may contact the Center by phone at 860.687.6325 or back fax at 860.688.1557.
Avoiding the Flu
The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu.
1. Avoid close contact.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
2. Stay home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
3. Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
4. Clean your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
6. Practice other good health habits.
Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.