Flu Message

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear students:

 

As we enter another flu season, I wanted to share some useful information about how you can help keep our campus healthy. Please read the below guidance for steps you can take to practice effective prevention and what to do if you do get sick.

 

What you should know:

Influenza is a respiratory illness with sudden symptoms that can include high fever, body aches, headache and cough. While there is no cause for alarm, the CDC and Maryland Department of Health and Hygiene are reporting widespread flu in the state and we expect a busy flu season.

 

What you can do now to stay healthy:

  • Be a healthy Terp and get a flu shot; it is not too late!  The UHC currently has a limited supply of flu vaccine.

  • Wash your hands frequently and use the hand sanitizing stations that are located around campus.

  • Avoid those who are ill, if possible.

  • Clean high touch surfaces in your room with anti-bacterial cleaner (bleach wipes are very effective).

  • Cough into your sleeve or a tissue, not directly into your hands, and wash your hands immediately.

  • Avoid touching your face when you are ill and when healthy; this spreads germs!

  • Avoid sharing food, utensils, cups, and water bottles.

What to do if you are diagnosed with the flu:

For otherwise healthy people, our treatment recommendation will often be that you rest, take plenty of fluids and fever-reducing medicine, and avoid crowded areas where you may spread your illness to others.  We do suggest that if home is within a reasonable driving distance, that you go there to recuperate.  Most often, for healthy people, anti-viral medications like Tamiflu or Relenza are not recommended.  You can find more about what to do if you have or believe you have the flu here.


For students, faculty and staff who have chronic medical problems (ex. asthma, diabetes, obesity), it is important to visit the UHC or your personal physician within 48 hours of developing flu symptoms.

More information can be found on the UHC website or on the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2017-2018.htm

Stay well! The University Health Center is here to answer any questions you may have.

In Health,

David McBride, MD