Influenza Prevention, Symptoms & Treatment
Take these everyday steps to help protect your health:
- Get a flu shot.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub which contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with sick people.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should dissipate without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) Keep away from others as much as possible to keep from making others sick.
- Fever (>100 degrees F)
- Cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue
- Can include diarrhea and vomiting
Treatment: If you suspect you have the flu:
- Limit contact with others as much as possible. Stay home and rest.
- Drink plenty of fluids such as water, broths, sports drinks, or electrolyte beverages.
- Visit the Wellness Center. Let them know immediately if you have been diagnosed with the flu by your personal physician or other health care professional.
- Do not attend group gatherings, including classes, while you're ill.
- Self-isolate for at least 24 hours after you are fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications.
- If you live off campus and cannot self-isolate or return to your family home, contact Director of Residence Life Katie Bosio (firstname.lastname@example.org; (810) 762-9537) to secure a room in Thompson Hall.
- If you have an influenza-like illness, and you must leave your home or residence hall room (for example, to seek medical care or other necessities), cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. A surgical loose-fitting mask can be helpful if you have access to these, but a tissue or other covering will suffice.
Updates and Resources
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Website
- How to care for a sick person
- Michigan Department of Community Health/Influenza Activity & Surveillance