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Flu Information

Flu Information

SYMPTOMS OF FLU:

  • Fever 100.5° to 105°
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Bodyaches
  • Dry Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Chills

HOW TO CARE FOR YOURSELF IF YOU HAVE THE FLU:

  • Stay in your room or go home for the first five days of your illness (this is when you are contagious).
  • Have a friend obtain food for you from dining hall with sick tray forms (download forms from Residence Life website).
  • Be careful coughing around others.  Use hand sanitizer before touching others and their  belongings during the first five days of illness.
  • Notify your professors of your illness.  If needed, we will send your professor note for first five days that you are sick with the flu.
  • Drink plenty of water, caffeine-free soda, or fruit juice.
  • Eat small amounts of food, even if not hungry.
  • Treat your fever, bodyaches, and headache with Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 400mg every six hours, OR Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 650mg every four hours, OR Acetaminophen (Tylenol Extra Strength) 1000mg every six hours.
  • If instructed to do so by Health Center staff, treat your cough with Robitussin DM, 2 tsp every four hours as needed.

WHEN TO COME TO THE HEALTH CENTER:

  • Fever greater than 101.5° and very fatigued
  • You have Diabetes, cardiac disease, pulmonary disease, kidney disease, immunosuppression, pregnancy, or hemoglobin abnormalities
  • You are having difficulty eating or drinking
  • You are not coping well with symptoms