Influenza and You
If you are sick…
Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever subsides. This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen).
Staying home (or in your dorm room) and away from others while sick can prevent them from getting sick, too. Ask a roommate or friend to check up on you and to bring you food and supplies if needed.
If you live in campus residence halls, contact the staff in student housing to make arrangements for alternative housing and dining if necessary.
You may have the flu if you have some or all of these symptoms: fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, fatigue. Some people experience diarrhea and vomiting.
If you are sick with the flu
- Stay home or in your place of dorm for at least 24 hours after there is no longer a fever or signs of a fever (chills, flushed appearance, warmth, sweating).
- Stay in a separate room and avoid contact with others to prevent spreading the flu virus.
- Drink plenty of clear fluids to avoid becoming dehydrated.
- Contact a healthcare provider if you are at higher risk (pregnant women, people with chronic medical conditions, young children and the elderly).
- Contact a healthcare provider right away if you are having difficulty breathing or are getting worse.
Download UH’s Avoid the Flu tips flyer (444KB PDF).
UH Campus Health Centers
Check with your campus clinic or personal physician for vaccine availability.
- University Health Services Manoa
- UH Hilo Student Health Services
- Kauai Community College Wellness Center, (808) 245-8307
- Leeward Community College Health Center
- Maui Community College Health Center
Additional campus contact information.
Official Information and Services
- Call the state Department of Health information line, (866) 767-5044, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m on weekends; recorded messages available around the clock.
- Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s H1N1 (Swine) Flu website.
- Visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Pandemic Flu website.
- Visit the World Health Organization’s Disease Outbreak News site.
- Video: Chancellor and virologist Virginia Hinshaw explains the flu
- Q&A with Chancellor (and virologist) Virginia Hinshaw (Ka Leo O Hawaii) May 6, 2009
- Managing Your Anxiety about H1N1 Flu (American Psychological Association) July 2009
- Resources for Colleges and Universities in Response to Human Infections with Novel Influenza H1N1 Virus (CDC)