Learn more about Pandemic Flu, such as Avian Influenza (Bird Flu).
What to do if you get the flu
Influenza(flu) symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.
Influenza-like illness may be caused by seasonal flu viruses.
Vaccination and hand washing are your biggest protection. The Health Center does have a limited supply of the seasonal influenza vaccine for students, faculty and staff. Students and staff may receive the flu vaccine starting mid-September. Please watch for emails for the exact date.
What to do to reduce your risk of flu
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol based hand cleaners.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Drink lots of fluids, maintain good nutrition and get adequate rest.
What to do if you get sick with influenza-like illness (CDC Recommendations)
- Self-isolate (stay away from others) for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or for other necessities - fever should be gone without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
- If you have mild to moderate illness, contact your health care provider or call the health center by telephone or other remote means before seeking care.
- If you must leave your room or home, cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Use a surgical loose-fitting mask if possible or use a tissue.
- Drink lots of fluids, treat your fever with Tylenol or Advil if needed.
If you develop any of the following emergency warning signs, seek urgent medical attention at the local emergency room or other health care setting:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, severe or persistent vomiting, or flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough.
For additional information
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Ohio Department of Health
- Cuyahoga County Board of Health