To All Faculty, Staff and Students:
As we enter into the peak of the flu season, please review and take the following precautions to remain healthy and avoid the flu.
Fight the Flu
People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills *Cough
- Sore Throat *Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches *Headaches
- Fatigue (very tired) *Vomiting/ diarrhea
- Get Vaccinated: the CDC recommends that everyone 6 months or older get a flu vaccine each year.
- Wash Your Hands PROPERLY! Wash your hands immediately after: coughing, sneezing, using the bathroom, handling garbage, animals and animal waste, handling dirty dishes, trash and laundry, being in contact with sick people and after touching doorknobs, phones, etc. ALL THE TIME!
- Cover Your Coughs and Sneezes with either a tissue or your upper sleeve. Droplets from a cough or sneeze can travel up to six feet. Avoid crowds and shaking hands during outbreaks. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay Home with Fever when you have a fever of 100 degrees F or higher. Return to normal social and work activities after you’ve been fever-free without taking fever reducing medicine for 24 hours.
- Clean and Disinfect frequently wiping surfaces like door knobs, phones, faucet, and food preparation areas with household disinfectant.
- Know Your Office Emergency Plan (Or Household Plan). Every organization or family should have a plan. Who to call? Who can babysit the kids? Where are my telephone numbers? Etc.
- Learn Home Care. Keep a record of fever, other symptoms and medications given. Get plenty of rest and drink clear fluids (water, broth, sports drinks and electrolyte beverages for infants). If you have been vomiting, wait four hours after vomiting stops to try eating. Eat small amounts of easily digested foods (rice, toast, Jell-O, bananas, and apple sauce). Sip fluids.
- Call Your Doctor If Symptoms Get Worse. Symptoms include: difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, sudden dizziness, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, confusion, severe or persistent vomiting, or Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough.
- Stay Informed. For national flu information go to Flu.gov or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For state flu information go to ADPH.org.
Last Updated: 01/11/2013