It’s Flu Season—Make Sure Your Jay Takes Preventative Measures

Student receiving a check-up at Wellness Center

Flu activity is currently widespread in the U.S. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. The flu vaccine is still available at the Student Health and Wellness Center, and is free with the school sponsored insurance plan, or $20 with any other insurance plan.

Encourage your student to take everyday preventative actions 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.
  • If they are sick tell them to stay home for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
  • Cover their nose and mouth with a tissue when they cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after use.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever (100.4 F or 38 C) or chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea

Most healthy young adults with the flu have a mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. In most cases, it is best to stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care.

For further information, advise your student to call the Student Health and Wellness Center at 410-516-8270 or visit the CDC website.

Consider making your student a flu care package!

Items to include:

  • Thermometer
  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tylenol and/or Ibuprofen
  • Soup packets
  • Tea
  • Disinfecting cleaning wipes

Above information adapted from the CDC