Flu Update to Students & Families
How do I know if I have the Flu?
The symptoms of influenza include:
- Temperature 100 degrees or greater
- Cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue
- Generally the symptoms of the flu come on quickly
- Read more: Is It a Cold or the Flu? [pdf]
What do I do if I develop Flu-like Symptoms?
- Call the Health & Wellness Center for an appointment at (585) 385-8280.
Commuters, Faculty and Staff:
Generally, people with the flu can manage themselves at home with little or no medical attention.
- Remain at home until you are fever free for 24 hours without using medications to lower your temperature.
High Risk Individuals:
High Risk Individuals include people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, including:
- Heart, lung, liver, or kidney disease
- Pregnant women
- Adults 65 years and older
- Children younger than five years old
Individuals at high risk for developing complications from the Flu should consult with their health care provider immediately after developing flu-like symptoms, or following recent close contact with someone who has flu-like symptoms.
How can I stay healthy?
- Cough in your sleeve or cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water, especially after you cough, sneeze, or touch shared surfaces. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Clean shared surfaces (doorknobs, keyboards, phones, etc.) with disinfectant
- Do not share cups, eating utensils, smoking paraphernalia, lip balm, etc.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Get a seasonal flu vaccine when available.
- Eat a balanced diet; exercise on a regular basis; get plenty of rest.
Limit close contact with sick people; Try and stay at least 6 feet away
Close contact includes:
- Sharing eating or drinking utensils.
- Kissing or embracing.
- Sharing lip balms, smoking paraphernalia, or other things that touch the mouth or nose.
Close contact typically does NOT include:
- Walking by an infected person
- Sitting across from someone in an office or waiting room.
Upcoming Wellness Events
Prepare a Flu Kit
Contents should include:
- A digital thermometer (everyone must purchase a thermometer!)
- Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen (NOT aspirin)
- Cough drops and/or cough syrup
- Alcohol-based hand rub for hand hygiene
- Face masks in case you need to leave your room or home (for medical care, etc.) or if close contact with an ill individual is unavoidable in a living situation.
- Electrolyte drinks such as Gatorade
- Soups, crackers, and other comfort foods
What else do you need?
Copies of family health insurance/pharmacy insurance cards, and contact information for health care providers.