Health Alerts

FLU SEASON

Flu vaccine is available through local pharmacies, public health clinics, and primary care providers. The Student Health Center is currently out of vaccine.

Do your part to avoid getting the FLU:

• Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue and properly dispose of used tissues in the trash

• Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, germs spread that way.

• Manage your stress, eat a balanced diet, drink lots of water, get adequate rest and exercise

• Avoid contact with others who are sick

• Avoid sharing personal items such as forks, spoons, straws, toothbrushes, towels, cigarettes, cups

• Protect yourself from seasonal flu by getting vaccinated

Symptoms of Flu:

Fever of 100 degrees or more                     Seek emergency care if you have the following:

Cough                                                           Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

Sore throat                                                    Pain or pressure in your chest or abdomen

Runny or stuffy nose                                       Sudden dizziness

Body aches, headache                                     Severe or persistent vomiting

Chills                                                             Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with

Fever                                                             fever and worse cough

Fatigue

 

 What do I do if I get sick?

• Stay home, isolate yourself from others as much as possible – until at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees) or signs of a fever (chills, feel very warm have a flushed appearance or are sweating)

• Students who are experiencing flu–like symptoms, can contact their personal health-care provider OR Student Health Center, and request a phone consultation with the nurse to report your illness and determine if you need to be evaluated, (805) 378-1413.

• If you become ill during work or while at school, tell your employer/instructor and go home

• Home self-care includes:

o Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen for headache, fever, and body aches

o Monitor your fever with a thermometer.

o Drink clear fluids throughout the day

• Check your syllabus for attendance and make up policies; Communicate with your instructor by e-mail or telephone as soon as possible