Flu season notice from the Student Health Center

Please be aware that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has advised that this year’s flu season will be more active than in years past. Remember, it is not too late to vaccinate.  Flu vaccines are available in the Student Health Center.

We encourage students who appear ill to:

  • Visit the Student Health Center in Landon 104
  • Learn ways to prevent the spread of the virus.
  • Physically distance yourself from others who are coughing or sneezing or who do not look well.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly several times a day.

We will continue to communicate regularly with our students about this public health challenge. We also encourage you to visit www.FLU.gov where you will find updates and links to additional resources on the Web.

Thank you for your cooperation.

The Staff of the Student Health Center

Below is a chart to determine a Cold from the Flu for your reference.

SYMPTOM

COLD

FLU

Fever

Normal

Unusual; high (100ºF - 102ºF)

Headache

Not usually

Usual and expected

General Aches, Pains

Mild

Usual, often severe

Fatigue, Weakness

Sometimes

Usual; up to 2-3 weeks

Extreme Exhaustion

Never

Usual; at beginning

Stuffy Nose

Most common symptom

Sometimes

Sneezing

Usual

Sometimes

Sore Throat

Mild to moderate

Sometimes

Chest Discomfort, Cough

Mild-Moderate cough usually non productive

Common, can be severe

Treatment

Antihistamines, Decongestant Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory meds

Antiviral medicines - See your doctor

Prevention

Wash hands often, Avoid close contact - anyone with a cold

Annual vaccination, antiviral medicines - See your doctor

Complications

Sinus congestion, Middle ear infection, Asthma

Bronchitis, Pneumonia, Can be life threatening

 

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