Cold & Flu Reminders
It's Cold and Flu season-Here's what you need to know to stay well:
- It's not too late to get your flu shot-this is the BEST way to prevent the flu
- Wash, wash, wash your hands-and avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose
- Try to avoid others who are sick, if this is not possible-see #2!
- If you do become ill, STAY HOME! You should not return to work or school until your fever has been gone for 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medicines).
How do I know if it is just a cold or if I have the flu?
The flu usually strikes quickly with body aches, fever, dry/hacky cough, sore throat , chills, runny or stuffy nose. Colds are typically milder, do not include a high fever, body aches or weakness.
What should I do if I get the flu?
- Stay home so you do not infect others
- Take Tylenol or Ibuprofen for fever, body aches, headache, sore throat. Drink extra water and rest.
- Cough into your sleeve or a tissue. Wash your hands frequently. Wear a mask if you must go out.
- Most people with the flu do not need medical care or antiviral medication.
When should I see a medical provider?
This is usually only necessary if you develop one or more of these warning signs:
- Fast breathing or trouble breathing
- Fever with a rash
- You begin to feel better, then symptoms return with fever or worsen
- You are at risk for complications due to asthma, diabetes, pregnancy, age 65 or older
** Over-the-counter medications are also available free of charge in the Student Health Center.
**You can call or make an appointment to see the Nurse Practitioner on campus if you have concerns.