Student Health Services
Reducing the Spread of Infection
I Think I Have The Flu – What Should I Do?
Most healthy individuals who are not in a high risk group will recover from the flu within a week. Since most healthy individuals with the flu will recover uneventfully, there are no recommendations for testing or treatment in these groups.
Individuals with medical conditions placing them at high risk for flu complications should seek immediate medical for flu-like symptoms.
Laboratory testing for the presence of the flu (and antiviral therapy) is generally reserved for individuals in groups at high risk for medical complications, as well as otherwise healthy individuals with severe symptoms requiring hospitalization.
It is essential that all individuals with the signs/symptoms of the flu do the following:
- Stay Home. Avoid spreading the infection to family, colleagues, and patients. Students who have clinical activities with patient contact are required to stay home for seven days after the onset of flu symptoms.
- Call for an Appointment (792-3664) if you are in a high risk group and are experiencing flu symptoms, or feel that your symptoms warrant medical attention. To protect the safety of your classmates, DO NOT WALK INTO STUDENT HEALTH WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT. Individuals who are experiencing flu symptoms will be required to wear a mask in the waiting area. When necessary, arrangements will be made for an alternate entrance to Student Health Services.
- Infection Control Measures include:
➢ Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or with the crook of your elbow when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
➢ Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. You can also use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
➢ Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
➢ Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
➢ Stay home if you are sick until at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100°F or 37.8°C) or signs of a fever (without the use of a fever-reducing medicine, such as Tylenol®).
➢ While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
- Seek medical attention at the EMERGENCY ROOM if you have flu symptoms (high fever and cough) accompanied by:
➢ 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 but then return with fever and worse cough.