The CDC defines flu symptoms as include fever (temperature of 100 degrees F [38 degrees C] or greater, or signs of fever such as chills, sweats, flushing, skin feeling hot) with cough and/or sore throat. In addition, you may experience headache, body aches, fatigue, nasal congestion, vomiting and diarrhea.
Should I see my health care provider if I have flu symptoms?
In general, unless you are experiencing difficulty breathing, chest pain, persistent vomiting, severe diarrhea or instability related to dehydration, persistent fever more than 3-4 days, or have a high-risk condition, you should stay home and use self-care measures. High risk conditions include:
lung diseases like asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic bronchitis or emphysema
chronic kidney disease
metabolic diseases like diabetes
blood disorders like sickle cell or other severe anemia
a weakened immune system caused, for example, by cancer or cancer treatment, HIV/AIDS, organ transplant, or corticosteroid therapy
certain conditions such as nervous system or muscular disorders or seizure disorders that can cause breathing problems or increase the risk of inhaling oral secretions.
What kinds of things can I do for self-care?
Take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin) for fever and body aches.
Over-the-counter cold and flu medications used according to the package instructions may help lessen some symptoms.
Get plenty of rest.
Drink clear fluids (water, broth, sports drinks) to keep from getting dehydrated.
Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or cough into your elbow if a tissue is not available.
Clean hands often and especially after using tissues, or coughing into hands.
Avoid close contact with others; do not go to work or school while ill.
Stay home for 24 hours after your fever is gone (and you are no longer taking antifever medication)
If you must leave your home, wear a face mask.
Get Well kits will be available at Student Health, Res Life and college Place & Markets. The kits contain a digital thermometer, acetaminophen (Tylenol), cough syrup, lozenges, tissues, hand sanitizer, and a face mask.