As many of you are aware, members of our community are experiencing the flu virus. The flu is easily spread from person to person. The following information will help you recognize signs and symptoms of a cold vs. flu, and tips on preventing spread of the flu virus. If you suspect you have the flu, flu testing is available at Greater Mobile Urgent Care, across the street from the Old Shell Gate.
In the Cafeteria we are asking everyone to use hand sanitizer at the entrance, and our Housekeeping team is providing additional cleaning to all doors, bathrooms and commons spaces campus-wide.
Antiviral medication used to treat the flu is most effective if started within 48 hour of symptom onset. Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people also may have vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with the flu, and have respiratory symptoms without a fever. Please contact the Wellness Center at (251) 380-2271 if you have questions.
- Preventative measures you can take to stop the spread of germs.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
- Take flu antiviral medicationif your doctor prescribes them.
- If you get the flu, antiviral medication can be used to treat your illness.Antiviral medication are different from antibiotics. They are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaled powder) and are not available over-the-counter.
- Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick.
- Studies show that flu antiviral drugs work best for treatment when they are started within 2 days of getting sick, but starting them later can still be helpful, especially if the sick person has a high risk health condition or is very sick from the flu. Follow your doctor’s instructions for taking this drug.