Students experiencing acute respiratory symptoms that are abrupt and unusually severe should call Student Health (792-3664) to speak to a health provider to see if further evaluation is warranted. Most flu-like symptoms can be managed over the phone, while others may require urgent medical evaluation in an ER.
If medical evaluation if necessary, CALL STUDENT HEALTH TO ARRANGE AN APPOINTMENT. We wish to avoid transmitting infection to othera tudents in the waiting area, ao arrangements will be made to provide you with a mask and possibly an alternate entrance to the Student Health clinic.
When seeking medical attention for your illness, you can optimize your evaluation by providing the following information.
Onset of Illness - date/time your symptoms began
Progression of Illness – were the symptoms gradual in onset (1-2 days) vs. abrupt (go from feeling normal to severely ill in several hours)
Symptoms: Make note of the presence, severity, and quality of the following
Fever – the degree of measured temperature is helpful in distinguishing influenza from other acute respiratory infections. Colds raise the body temperature around 1° - 1.5° above normal, whereas > 95% of healthy adults with the flu have temp > 100.0° F. Everyone should own a thermometer to better evaluate and monitor their illness.
Cough – dry vs productive, presence of wheezing, shortness of breath - unable to catch your breath or complete a sentence.
Headache – generalized pain vs focal pressure over one side of the face.
Sorethroat – constant pain versus transient morning scratchy/raw feeling.
Medications – Prescription and OTC medications currently taking