If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
If you have been diagnosed with the flu, stay home. You can treat flu symptoms with over-the-counter medications but you will not be less contagious. Antibiotics are not effective against viral infections like the flu.
Flu transmission occurs when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, spreading their germs. You can also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touching your mouth, eyes, or nose.
How can you prevent getting the flu?
- Get the flu vaccine every year. The 2012-2013 vaccine is now available at the health center, local pharmacies, and your family doctor.
- Wash your hands often.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep and exercise; manage stress; drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy.
- Keep your living space clean. Wipe off hard surfaces with a disinfectant wipe frequently.
What should you do if you get the flu?
- STAY HOME! Notify your supervisor or professors that you will miss class or work.
- If you are a student, please go to ESU’s University Health Center, located on the first floor of the Flagler-Metzgar Building or call (570) 422-3553.
- Get plenty of rest
- Drink clear fluids to prevent becoming dehydrated
- Place a cool, damp washcloth on your forehead, arms, and legs to reduce discomfort associated with a fever
- Take-over-the-counter fever reducers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen (consult your pharmacist or physician before taking anything).
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue, or your arm (not your hand), when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Gargle salt water (1:1 ratio warm water to salt) to soothe a sore throat
- Keep warm