Pandemic Education

 

The Flu and You

AVOIDING INFLUENZA INFECTION

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • Stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
  • Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

Influenza Flu Symptoms

Like all influenzas, fluviruses is a contagious respiratory illness. The information below describes common flu symptoms, and what to do if you get sick with flu-like symptoms. Be aware of common flu symptoms. Influenza usually starts suddenly and may include the following symptoms:

  • Fever (greater than 101 degrees F)
  • Cough
  • Tiredness (can be extreme)
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Body aches/joint aches
  • Diarrhea and vomiting (more common among children than adults)

Having these symptoms does not always mean that you have an influenza virus. Many different illnesses, including the common cold, can have similar symptoms.

It is necessary to receive the seasonal flu vaccine each flu season. The Flu season is generally from October 1 through March 31 each year.

STUDENTS should visit the Health Center if they meet the following criteria:

  • Have influenza-like illness (fever greater than 101 degrees F and cough and/or sore throat; body aches,chills, or headache).
  • Any student who has an acute respiratory illness or contact with a person who has been diagnosed.