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Flu Symptoms

The Following are some of the symptoms of the Flu:

If you have only one or two of the below listed symptoms please consider waiting for an appointment at the campus health clinic. They are currently very busy and need to see the sickest patients first. Antibiotics are often not effective on most flu viruses. Rest, plenty of fluids, and over the counter medications are some of the first line of defense against the flu. Decongestants are good for runny or stuffy nose, which can be purchased at any local drug store. Ibuprofen or Tylenol are good for fever and body aches.

Please follow the listed directions on the packaging for over the counter medications.

Seasonal Flu

H1N1 (Swine) Flu

All types of flu can cause:

  • Fever
  • Coughing and/or sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Headaches and/or body aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue

Same as seasonal flu, but symptoms may be more severe.

  • Fever
  • Coughing and/or sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Headaches and/or body aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue

In addition to the above symptoms, a number of H1N1 (swine) flu cases reported:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you have the above flu symptoms please follow the recommendations:

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you stay at home until you have been free of fever (100ºF or 37.8ºC), or signs of a fever, for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medication.
  • Avoid close contact with others, especially those who might easily get the flu, such as people age 65 years and older, people of any age with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), pregnant women, young children, and infants.
  • Clean hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub often, especially after using tissues or coughing/sneezing into your hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Wear a face mask when sharing common spaces with other household members to help prevent spreading the virus to others. This is especially important if other household members are at high risk for complications from influenza.
  • Drink clear fluids such as water, broth, sports drinks, or electrolyte beverages made for infants to prevent becoming dehydrated.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Get medical attention right away if you:
    • Have difficulty breathing or chest pain
    • Have purple or blue discoloration of your lips
    • Are vomiting and unable to keep liquids down, or
    • Show signs of dehydration, such as feeling dizzy when standing or being unable to urinate

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