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Tips from the Health Center on avoiding the flu

January 17, 2013

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.