Ways to reduce your risk of contracting and spreading the flu include:
1) Get Vaccinated! Vaccination helps protect not only you but also others, and CDC still recommends vaccination for all unvaccinnated individuals.
2) Cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue or into your elbow
3) Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and keep your hands away from your nose, eyes, and mouth
4) Avoid contact with persons you know to be sick; and if you are sick, avoid contact with others until you have gone 24 hours without a fever of 100F or more–without needing ibuprofen or acetaminophen to reduce your fever
5) Get an an adequate amount of sleep each night, eat a well balanced diet, exercise regularly, and avoid drugs and alcohol
Signs and symptoms of flu include fever of 100F or more with cough and/or a sore throat. Persons with flu often have significant body aches, and they can tell that their symptoms are more severe than a typical cold.
Persons with flu or flu-like symptoms should avoid contact with others as much as possible. It is recommended that persons living in a residence hall on campus should consider going home until they have recovered from their illness. Rest, increasing fluid intake and treating fever and pain with ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help reduce flu symptoms. However, persons with flu or flu symptoms should never take aspirin while sick with the flu, as doing so can be harmful.
While most healthy individuals will recover from flu without complication, the following groups should seek care immediately if they have flu symptoms, or if they have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with flu:
-people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, including: asthma, diabetes, immune-suppression, heart, lung, liver, or kidney disease or morbid obesity
-adults 65 years and older
-children younger than five years old
Any person with flu who develops any of the following symptoms should notify a health care provider immediately:
-shortness of breath or breathing problems
-chest pain or pressure or pain in the stomach
-severe or sudden dizziness or fainting
-not thinking normally, confusion, or change in level of consciousness
-severe throat or mouth pain or severe difficulty swallowing liquids or opening mouth to talk
-fever lasting more than 3 days
-symptoms seem to improve but then after a day or two cough worsens significantly
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