Student Health Center

2013 Information on Influenza

Students:

The seasonal flu is arriving! 

PLEASE READ THIS and then make your best health decisions:

The flu vaccine, available at your Student Health Center, is your best bet for protection from the flu. Come in any weekday from 8:30 - 4:30 (earlier or later by appointment) and get yours. It is NOT too late. Cost is $20. While it is a good match to this year's flu strains, it does not guarantee you won't get the flu, so KEEP READING...

Everyday personal hygiene actions: Do these whether vaccinated or not -

  • frequent washing of hands with warm water and soap - hand sanitizer is OK, but washing is preferred
  • cough into tissues or your sleeve
  • avoid touching mouth, nose and eyes
  • do not share eating/drinking utensils, cigarettes, or any object in contact with saliva
  • keep some distance from others (3 - ft rule), especially if coughing/sneezing
  • sanitize your phone, computer keyboard and other frequently - touched or shared items

Signs & Symptoms -
Unlike a typical head or chest cold, the flu comes on suddenly, often within an hour or two:

  • Sudden high fever (above 100.4 degrees)
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Cough (dry and often painful)
  • Headache
  • Weakness/exhaustion
  • Sore throat, runny/stuff nose less common

What to do?
Get plenty of rest - you'll be exhausted, so sleep and limit activities
Drink lots of fluids - water, dilute juices, broths preferred - no energy, caffeinated or sugary drinks
Use fever/pain medications for comfort - follow dosing on labels
Avoid public places or socializing until the fever has been gone (without medication) for 24 hours

When to seek medical care -
Within the 48 hours of symptom onset if very severe or you have underlying chron ic condition (such as asthma)
Fever over 100 degrees for more than 3 days (or fever >103)
Shortness of breath or any difficulty breathing
Symptoms lasting more than 7-10 days, or illness worsens after a period of recovery
Chronic disease (such as asthma or other lung, heart of kidney disease, diabetes, suppressed immunity)

Where to seek care -
Campus Student Health Center (Miller Building) can manage most illnesses - and we're very affordable! Call us at 970-247-7355 to schedule a visit - let the scheduler know you think you have the flu. If you have a fever and cough, put on a mask upon entering the Health Center.

More information on the flu -
Center for Disease Control
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Twitter Page

Note: The Student Health Center does not write excuses for missed classes or provide "back to class" notes. Please communicate your situation directly with your professors/employers, etc.

Stay Well!
Student Health Center Staff

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