The Flu and You
The Lograsso Hall Health Center would like to provide you with the knowledge and tools to help you recover from your Influenza like Illness, and prevent the spread of it to others close to you. Here are some tips to follow.
What you should do if you get sick with symptoms of influenza like illness
- If a student develops an influenza-like illness (ILI) , he/she should self-isolate at home (leaving campus to return home is encouraged if private transportation is available) or in their residential hall space until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever, or signs of a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
- Students who develop difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, severe or persistent vomiting, or if flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough, should seek medical care immediately. In an emergency, call 673-3333 from an on-campus location or 911 if you are off-campus.
- Rest, drink plenty of clear non-alcoholic fluids and take Over-the-Counter medications typically used to treat fever, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
- If instructed by your healthcare provider to alternate ibuprofen and acetaminophen, do it as follows: Alternate doses of ibuprofen every six hours and acetaminophen every 4 hours. Alternate medicines for only 24 hours or less, and then return to a single product.
- Students should cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Promptly throw the tissue into the trash and wash hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid having visitors. If visitors must enter your home, they should avoid close contact with you.
- Stay home, remain out of school, work, sports and community activities until you have been fever free for at least 24 hours without using fever reducing medicines. A fever is defined as 100ºF or 37.8ºC.
- Upon returning to full activity, follow all infection control strategies including covering your cough, frequent hand-washing, social distancing and not sharing personal care items.
As you recover, remember to take these everyday steps to protect your health and the health of others:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it and clean your hands immediately.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
- Don’t share personal items.
- Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
- Avoid getting close to people who are sick. Stay 6 feet away from a sick person.
- Wash surfaces on your work space with a disinfectant daily.
- Wipe down shared keyboards and telephones often.
- Plan to get a flu shot this fall either on campus or at your doctor’s office.
What if my roommate is sick with the Flu
- A person with the flu is contagious (able to infect others) for 24 hours before symptoms of flu begin, so it is possible you have already been exposed. But to decrease further risk, consider following these precautions:
- If at all possible, maintain a distance of 6 feet from your ill roommate. An uncovered cough can send the virus 3-6 feet away from the ill person.
- Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your nose, mouth, eyes.
- Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces (counters, faucets, doorknobs, etc.).
- Encourage your roommate to follow the guidelines for self-care on Student Health Services website.
- Having the ill person wear a face mask can decrease the chances of them spreading the virus to others.
What everyone can do to protect themselves from getting sick.
- Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Bathrooms in our residence halls are equipped with adequate supply of soap and paper towels to promote frequent hand washing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective.
- Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands. Avoid toughing your eyes, nose or mouth; germs are spread this way.
- Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. A fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of a fever such as feeling warm, a flushed appearance, sweating or shivering. Other symptoms include headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, extreme body aches, and possibly diarrhea and vomiting.
- Find ways to increase social distances (the space between people) in classrooms such as moving desks further apart, leaving empty seats between students, holding outdoor classes, and using distance learning methods. Ideally, there should be at least 6 feet between people at most times.
- Establish regular cleaning schedules for frequent cleaning of surfaces and items that are more likely to have frequent hand contact such as desks, door knobs, keyboards, or counters with cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas. Promote frequent cleaning of bathrooms and ensure adequate supplies of soap and paper towels.