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Flu Season Health & Safety Measures

From: Dr. Guy W. Nicolette, interim director, UF Student Health Care Center

RE: Flu season health and safety measures

With influenza season well underway and reports of flu cases growing rapidly nationwide, University of Florida health-care officials are reminding students, faculty and staff of the best ways to avoid the virus or prevent spreading it.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a three-step approach to fighting influenza:

  1. Get a flu vaccine at a local pharmacy or your health-care provider’s office. (The UF Student Health Care Center vaccinated more than 9,000 people before Thanksgiving and is out of vaccine for this season.)
  2. Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, such as washing your hands and using hand sanitizer, and covering your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough. If you do contract the flu, stay home.
  3. Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.

Seasonal flu symptoms include fever of 100°F or higher, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A significant number of people who have been infected also have reported diarrhea and vomiting.

Not all cases require professional medical attention or treatment with antiviral drugs such as Tamiflu or Relenza. If you are in a high-risk group, you may experience complications with seasonal flu. High-risk group classifications include anyone who is pregnant or has chronic illness or a weakened immune system.

If you develop more serious symptoms such as trouble keeping down fluids, coughing up blood, trouble sitting up or standing or have questions about your condition, contact your health care provider.

More information is available here:

Additional information and directions are available via the following websites:

http://shcc.ufl.edu/services/primary-care/flu/
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm#supply
http://www.flu.gov

Published: January 10th, 2014

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