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What is influenza?

Influenza (Flu) is a respiratory disease caused by one or more types of influenza viruses.

What are the signs and symptoms?

  • Fever or feeling feverish & chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of appetite

How is influenza spread?

  • The flu is most commonly spread by droplets made when someone infected coughs or sneezes. Less commonly, it is spread by touching a surface that has the flu virus on it and then touching the eyes, mouth or nose.
  • You may be able to spread the flu virus before and during your sickness—starting from 1 day before and up to 7 days after becoming sick.

How do you prevent influenza?

The best way to prevent the flu is to get the flu vaccine every season. During most years, the flu vaccine protects most people from acquiring the illness or reduces its severity. Flu vaccinations usually begin in September and may last until February or later. Common preventive measures besides vaccination include: 

  • Covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough
  • Frequent hand washing, especially after coughing or sneezing
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Limiting close contact with sick people

How do you diagnose and treat influenza?

A rapid flu test can be done during an appointment at the Health Center. Anti-viral medications can be prescribed for students with severe symptoms to speed up the recovery process.