Influenza and you

If you are sick…

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Stay Home!

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.

Recommendations from the Center for Disease Control.

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

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Check with your campus clinic or personal physician for vaccine availability.

Additional campus contact information.

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