Staying Healthy During FLU Season
Student Health Services has begun to see students with Influenza
like illnesses. The
Centers for Disease Control reports that cases of flu have been
confirmed in Maryland and are predicting an early flu season
this year. For more information, go to
How is the flu spread?
What are the symptoms?
Flu has a rapid onset, with
symptoms that are usually more severe than the common cold
- Muscle Aches
- Sore throat
How can I avoid getting the flu?
AVOID PERSONS WHO ARE SICK. IF YOU ARE SICK,
ISOLATE YOURSELF AND DO NOT GO TO CLASS. LIMIT SHARED
SPACES THAT MAY EXPOSE YOU TO INDIVIDUALS WITH FLU LIKE
One of the best ways to prevent the
flu is through vaccination every year.
Flu vaccination does not cause the flu
( it is made from a killed virus)
Each year, manufacturers try to predict
the most common types of influenza that may
arise in the United States and include those
types in the serum. The CDC website gives
information about the strains included in this
It takes about 3 weeks to build immunity
to the flu after the vaccine is administered.
What if I get the flu?
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Take Tylenol to reduce fever and relieve
- For multiple symptoms such as
congestion, cough and runny nose use a
combination of a decongestant (Sudafed) and an
antihistamine (Benedryl, Dimetapp)
The flu can make you feel sick for 4 to 10 days. Resume
normal activities only after symptoms are gone.
IF YOU ARE SICK, ISOLATE YOURSELF AND DO NOT GO TO
CLASS. LIMIT SHARED SPACES THAT MAY EXPOSE OTHERS TO THE
For more information, contact Student Health Services