What are the Symptoms of the Flu?
Most who get the flu will have a fever, cough, sore throat, headache, chills and body aches; some may also have vomiting and diarrhea.
What Do I Do if I Get the Flu?
- Stay home from work or school until you have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications. Rest and drink plenty of fluids. Consider taking Ibuprofen or Tylenol every 4 to 6 hours to help with fever, aches and pains.
- If you are a resident student experiencing flu-like symptoms, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Notification of your illness will be sent to Health Services, Campus Life and Dining Services. To help facilitate rest and recuperation in your room, include in your email the name of a friend who can obtain some food/liquid for you on a "take out" basis by showing his/her ID at the Miley check-in counter.
- Please note that if you have an underlying medical condition such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma or kidney, liver or blood disorders, contact your doctor or call Health Services at (401) 341-2904. If your symptoms are worsening instead of improving, make an appointment with Health Services.
- Finally, if your illness necessitates your absence from class, be sure to email your instructors regarding missed assignments, homework or tests. Doing so is your responsibility.
Keep Your Germs to Yourself
- Communicate to family and friends if you are diagnosed with a contagious infection such as the flu or mono to further prevent the spread of the virus.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose. Sneeze or cough into your elbow if no tissue is available.
- Throw used tissues award as soon as you can.
- Wash your hands right after sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose or after touching used tissues.
- Use warm soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizers to wash your hands.
Keep the Germs Away
- Wash your hands before eating or touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Wash your hands after touching anyone who is sneezing, coughing or blowing their nose.
- Ensure all eating utensils and dinnerware are thoroughly washed using a dishwasher or hot water and dish soap.
- Disinfect commonly touched surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches and telephones with antibacterial wipes.
- Don't share things like towels, lipstick, toys or anything else that might be contaminated with respiratory germs.
- Don't share food, utensils, beverage containers or cigarettes with others.
- Eat a healthy diet, get plenty of rest and have a normal sleep routine. Overexerting yourself can lessen your body's immune capabilities, making you more susceptible to infection.