Three Steps to Fight the Flu
Step One: Get a flu vaccine
- CDC recommends a flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older
- Flu vaccines are available at the Health Center and local pharmacies
- It can take up to two weeks for the flu vaccine to be effective.
Step Two: Prevent the spread of flu virus and other germs
- Cover your cough and sneezes, or use a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose with your hands.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for a least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
- If you are sick with flu-like symptoms contact your professors and use the self certification form on the Health Center website.
Step Three: Seek medical care when necessary
- According to the CDC: Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs.
- If you experience any of these symptoms seek medical care immediately
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Flu-like symptoms that improve, then return with a fever and a cough