Cold Vs. Flu

What is Flu?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness.

Symptoms of flu include:

  • Fever (usually high)
  • Headache
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle aches
  • Gastro-intestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, are much more common among children than adults.

Treatment for the flu is usually:

  • Rest
  • Drink plenty of liquids
  • Avoid using alcohol and tobacco
  • Take medication to relieve symptoms of flu ( Never give aspirin to children or teenagers who have flu-like symptoms-and particularly fever-without first speaking with a physician .)
  • Anti virals may also be used if exposure has occurred. Best if taken within the first 48 hours.

To decrease spread:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • Stay home if you are sick. If at all possible, stay home from work, school and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
  • Clean your hands! Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.

To prevent:

  • Get the vaccine (anyone with a chronic disease or who is 65 years or over should check with their Primary Care Provider for the vaccine.)
  • Get adequate rest
  • Eat a well balanced diet
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Limit contact with persons who have the flu

Please do come to see the campus nurse if you have flu symptoms. Resident students see your resident director if you need analgesics.