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Tips from the Health Center on avoiding the flu

January 17, 2013 at 7:44 pm

The friendly folks at the Health Center would just like to offer some reminders about staying healthy this winter. You know the drill:

  • Remember to wash your hands frequently
  • Don’t touch your face
  • Cough into your sleeve
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Eat healthy
  • Get a flu shot—it’s not too late!

Symptoms of influenza usually occur suddenly. These include a fever of over 100 degrees, fatigue, body aches, cough, and maybe a sore throat. You may also have a runny nose, vomiting, or diarrhea.

If you are sick with the flu, you should stay home from class, sports, or work. You should not return until you no longer have a fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.

If you have acute symptoms such as body aches, fever over 100 degrees, and a cough, you should contact your health provider.

Most cases of the influenza can be treated with over-the-counter fever reducers, cough medicine, and plenty of fluids and rest. Be sure to call the campus health center if you feel you need to see an upper-level medical provider.

Students: the campus health center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until noon, and 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Call ext. 2331 to make an appointment.