Flu

The flu, including the H1N1 flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza viruses. For some, the virus can cause a mild illness, while others develop serious and potentially life-threatening medical complications, such as pneumonia.

Cold or Flu? 

Stop the Spread!

woman sick in bedThe main way illnesses like colds and flu are spread is from person to person in respiratory droplets of coughs and sneezes. If you have the flu, help stop the spread and stay home!

Germs also can be spread when a person touches respiratory droplets from another person on a surface like a desk and then touches his or her own eyes, mouth or nose before washing their hands. The period when an infected person with seasonal flu is contagious depends on the age and health of the person. Studies show that most healthy adults may be able to infect others from one day prior to becoming sick and for five to seven days after they first develop symptoms. The CDC recommends you stay home for at least 24 hours after any fever is gone. The time from when a person is exposed to the flu virus to when symptoms begin is about one to four days, with an average of about two days.

Developing healthy day-to-day habits can help prevent many common illnesses, including the flu. Experts are asking individuals to analyze their daily routine and be vigilant about steps which could prevent flu transmission. Habits such as making a point to wash/sanitize your hands before and after using a shared computer can go a long way in keeping you, and others, healthy.

Treatment

Influenza can be prevented with an annual flu shot. If you find yourself sick with symptoms of the flu, contact the Student Health Center or your medical provider as soon as possible. If identified and treated quickly, antiviral medications are available to shorten the duration and the severity of the illness. 

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