Flu Information

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Influenza Information and Recommendations

The main symptoms of Influenza (Flu) include fever and cough and/or sore throat. Some people also have a runny nose, body aches, headache, chills and feel tired. Rarely, some people may have diarrhea and vomiting. The most important thing that you can do to keep flu from spreading in the community is to stay away from others when you are sick.

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You should stay home and out of classes and work for at least 24 hours after your fever resolves without the use of medications such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen.

When should I go to the health services or my doctor?

Most people recover without any medical intervention, however some people do become quite ill and my even require hospitalization. If your symptoms are mild, you may not need to be seen by a medical provider.

Students should call health services or your doctor or seek medical care if they have trouble breathing, have behavior changes like increased restlessness, anxiety and irritability, or are not able to drink enough fluids to stay hydrated. Be alert for skin rashes, dehydration or any other signs that your illness may be more serious.

Students, if you feel you need to be seen, please contact health services for assistance or to schedule an appointment at 978.542.6413 or by using our health services portal.

What should I do if I get sick?

The most important thing to do is to keep hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids such as Gatorade and water. You can take over the counter medications such as Tylenol and Ibuprofen (Advil) to help lower fevers and help with aches and pains. It is important to get plenty of rest so your body can recover. You should avoid exercise and sports until you are fever free and feeling completely better.

The best way to prevent others from getting sick is to stay away from others while you are contagious. If you live in the residence halls, you should make accommodations to go home until you feel better and are fever free for at least 24 hours. If you are unable to do so, please speak to your resident assistant, as special accommodations may be available for you on campus.

How to I prevent myself from getting sick?

There are several things you can do to prevent the flu. One of the most effective tricks  is to wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol based hand sanitizers can be used as well. Do not share things like cups, lip stick or chapstick, cigarettes or straws as these are ways the virus is spread. If you have to cough or sneeze, practice good etiquette; cover your mouth and cough into your sleeve. Then wash your hands. Remember to get your flu shots.

For more information and on-going updates:

Salem State University
Counseling and Health Services                        
107 Ellison Campus Center, North Campus                         
978.542.6413 or 978.542.6410

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
What you need to know about seasonal influenza

Connect with the CDC on Twitter: @CDCFlu

Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Influenza Web page

Symptom Checklist for Influenza (The Flu)

The symptoms of influenza (flu) include fever, cough, sore throat, and sometimes body aches, headache, chills and feeling tired. Some people also have diarrhea and vomiting. The most important thing that you can do to keep flu from spreading in your campus community is to stay home. Use the following check list to help decide if you may have the flu:

Yes  - No   Do you have a cough?

Yes  - No   Do you have a sore throat?

Yes  - No   Do you have a headache, body aches or chills?

Yes  - No   Do you have vomiting or diarrhea?

Yes  - No   Do you have a fever of 100°F or more?

 

Should I stay home from work or school?

If you checked yes to:

• fever of 100 °F or more

and

• cough or sore throat

you have an influenza-like illness. Stay home for seven days after symptoms start or until you are completely well for a full day, whichever is longer.

If you checked “yes” to only one of the questions above, or if you are ill with other symptoms, stay at home at least one day to observe for other symptoms. If other symptoms develop, use the check list questions again to decide whether to continue to stay home. Return to school (classes and activities) or work after you have been completely well for 24 hours.

Call your doctor or student health services:

  • if you have any questions or concerns about your symptoms
  • a chronic disease such as asthma and develop any of the symptoms listed in the checklist
  • if you have trouble breathing
  • pain or pressure in the chest or belly
  • sudden dizziness
  • confusion
  • severe or persistent vomiting
  • fever that returns a few days after going away