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I think I may have the flu. What should I do?

If you have mild flu symptoms, you are urged to stay home or in your dorm room to avoid making others sick. You should remain at home or in your dorm room, except to get medical care or for other necessities, until your fever has been gone for at least 24 hours and remains normal without the use of fever-reducing medications. Additional advice about how to avoid spreading the flu is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/flu/

If you have severe symptoms, or if you are at high risk for complications from the flu, contact your health care provider or seek medical care. (People at high risk for flu complications include those with such conditions as, but not limited to, diabetes, asthma and obesity). Your health care provider will decide whether flu testing or treatment is needed.

  • Students may call their personal health care provider or the Student Health Center at (657) 278-2800.
  • In an emergency, call 911.

How to Treat Your Flu Symptoms:

The symptoms of seasonal flu include: fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have also reported diarrhea and vomiting.  These symptoms come on quickly, usually in less than 24 hours.  The majority of people have symptoms for about a week and then they feel better.  Most cases of flu-like illnesses reported to the Student Health Center have been mild and usually students do not need to be seen by a medical provider.  Home care is usually sufficient and includes the following:

  • For fever, headache and body aches you may take medications containing Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen,  such as Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, etc.
  • Do not use Aspirin
  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially clear fluids such as water, sports drinks, broth, etc.
  • Get plenty of rest
  • You may use throat lozenges or throat spray for sore throat