Student Health Services
Holloway Hall

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 www.cdc.gov/flu/.

How is the flu spread?

  • The influenza virus is spread through the air. 
  • Coughing by an infected person fills the air with droplets of the virus that are inhaled by others.
  • The virus begins to reproduce once it comes in contact with the lining of the nose, throat and airways.

What are the symptoms?

Flu has a rapid onset, with symptoms that are usually more severe than the common cold

  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle Aches
  • Cough
  • 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 SYMPTOMS.

  • 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 year’s vaccine.

  • It takes about 3 weeks to build immunity to the flu after the vaccine is administered.

What if I get the flu?

  • Rest
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Take Tylenol to reduce fever and relieve aches
  • 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 VIRUS.

For more information, contact Student Health Services at www.salisbury.edu/health.