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The Flu & You

 

 

INFLUENZA SELF CARE INSTRUCTIONS

NORMAL FLU SYMPTOMS: Typical flu symptoms include: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or congested nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Occasionally people with the flu will also have diarrhea and vomiting.

INFECTIOUS: The flu is extremely infectious!! The virus is spread through the air when a contagious person coughs or sneezes and from surfaces that are frequently touched. You will remain infectious until you have remained fever free (without medication) for 24 hours.

THE CDC RECOMANDS TO STAY HOME UNTIL YOU ARE FEVER FREE FOR 24 HOURS OFF MEDICATIONS

(Please contact your professors regarding your absence and to make arrangements)

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Have someone bring meals to you, rather than going to public eating spaces
  • Stay home unless you are going to a medical appointment
  • Stay more than 6 feet away from others if possible
  • Wear a mask in public spaces and at home to protect roommates or family members
  • Cover your cough or sneeze into your elbow

SELF CARE AND SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT: Stay hydrated, drink plenty of fluids, and rest as much as possible. Take the medications provided at your visit as directed. If you have questions, call the Student Health Center. For fever, take ibuprofen or Tylenol as directed on the package.

SIGNS OF SERIOUS ILLNESS THAT REQUIRE MEDICAL ATTENTION:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain in chest or abdomen
  • Dizziness, light headedness or confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

WHAT TO EXPECT: Typical flu symptoms start suddenly and can last for 3-7 days. The cough and malaise can last for 2 weeks or longer.

Cal Maritime Student Health Center  P: 707-654-1170  F: 707-654-1171


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