You think you have the flu, now what do you do?

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What to do if you think you have the flu

As the semester progresses, we are continuing to see many students with flu-like symptoms (fever >100, cough or sore throat).  We, at the Health Center, are continuing to remain in contact with local, state, and federal health officials to remain current on the guidelines for managing the flu season.    Seasonal flu vaccines are no longer available at Health Services, but they are available at many pharmacies in the area.  The recommendation for any student that feels ill are as the follows:

  1. Check your temperature (disposable thermometers are available at front desks in the residence halls).
  2. If your temperature is over >100 and you have a cough, sore throat, body aches or other symptoms you should make arrangements to return home as soon as possible to minimize your exposure to other people.  Do not go to class, participate in sports or work.
  3. You can obtain a flu prevention kit at the Health Center .  This includes a mask, hand and information on managing your symptoms.
  4. Testing for flu is not being done and antiviral medication (i.e. tamiflu) is not being given unless you suffer from chronic illnesses or are sick enough to require hospitalization.  Antibiotics are not effective in treating viral infections such as the cold or flu.
  5. If you do have any chronic medical illnesses, such as asthma, heart disease, immunosuppression, etc., you should be seen by your private physician or at the Health Center.
  6. You do not necessarily need to be seen in the Health Center if you do not have an underlying illness, but if you have questions please contact us at 203-392-6300 and a health care provider will be available to speak with you.
  7. Email your professor and make arrangements for missed assignments.
  8. You may return to campus 24 hours after your fever has subsided without medication.

 

The CDC offers "Take 3 " Actions to fight the flu.  It is steps to take to avoid the flu, prevent others from catching it from you, and some information on anti-viral medications.

Continue using good hand washing techniques, avoid contact with persons who are ill, and stay healthy by getting plenty of rest and eating properly.

                                                                                        Updated on 1/9/13