Regardless of the type of flu you have (seasonal flu, H1N1, etc.), it is important to take care of yourself...and other people.
- Stay home and rest up!
- Keep your distance (at least 6 feet) from others. Stay out of classes, work, social events, public transportation, etc. until you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours. Fever should be absent without the use of fever-reducing medicine. Individuals who have been ill should contine to be cautious about infecting others, as they can transmit the virus for several days after symptoms are gone. (Also, a cough may linger, but is not considered reason to stay out of circulation.)
- Monitor your temperature. Fever can be dehydrating, so push fluids! Try to take in adequate nutrition to support your immune system.
- Treat symptoms with acetaminophen(Tylenol) and/or ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil) for aches and pains (NOT aspirin or aspirin- containing medicines), throat lozenges and decongestants. You should continue to take your usual prescription medications. Treatment with antiviral medications is recommended only for those at high risk of severe complications and those seriously ill. Treatment with antibiotics is not effective since the flu is caused by a virus.
- Stay hydrated with plenty of clear liquids (water, broth, herbal tea, etc.)
- Limit the spread of the flu virus by using good hygiene, hand sanitizers, cleaning supplies, etc.
- Follow all local public health advisories and any relevant health recommendations for travel.
- Wear a facemask to prevent the spread of illness if exposure to others is necessary. (See the Interim Recommendations for Facemask and Respirator Use provided by the CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/masks.htm
- CALL A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER for consultation and treatment recommendations if you have particular health risks, or if your symptoms worsen.
- Students: call Eric Cohen Student Health Center at 323-442-5631.
- Faculty/staff: call your personal health care provider.
Individuals living in close contact (e.g., roommate, family member) with someone who has the flu should monitor their personal health* and be aware of any symptoms. Follow these self-care guidelines, or seek medical consultation by phone if you develop a cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose AND have a fever of greater than 100.4 degrees F.
*PLEASE NOTE: If you have underlying health conditions that might increase your risk of complications from the flu, please call a health care provider. (Students: call 323-442-5631)