Please use the information below for resources on Influenza and the appropriate steps to take if infected.
As most of you are aware, the state of Massachusetts and most of the United States is experiencing high numbers of influenza infection. Influenza is a respiratory illness that most times presents suddenly with high fever, body aches, headache and cough.
Though this news is no cause for alarm, it is important that we use all the means we have to help prevent this contagious illness. From all available information, it is very clear that the best defenses - both for yourself and those around you - is in personal behavior geared toward prevention and getting good information. Please see the Centers for Disease Control website (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/) for the most up-to-date information.
The treatment for influenza for otherwise healthy people is “supportive”, meaning that our recommendations will often be that you rest, take plenty of fluids and fever reducing medicine if you are diagnosed with the flu. Anti-viral medications (Tamiflu and Relenza) are not recommended in most cases of flu. In addition, most people who are infected with these illnesses will not require medical care.
___Yes___No Do you have a cough?
___Yes___No Do you have a sore throat?
___Yes___No Do you have a headache, body aches or chills?
___Yes___No Do you have a fever of 100°F or more?
If you checked yes to FEVER of 100 °F or more And Cough and/or Sore Throat: You have an influenza-like illness.
If you have flu-like symptoms, you have a real responsibility to help prevent the spread of flu to those around you. Stay home and do not attend classes until at least 24 hours after your fever has subsided without the use of medicine such as Tylenol.
If the sick person experiences:
Nurse LinesMany insurance companies have 24 hour “ask a nurse” phone lines. Check your insurance cards or insurance provider and keep the number available. This is a great resource for questions about how to care for yourself and when to seek immediate care. IF YOU HAVE THE LESLEY STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE, THE 24 HOUR NURSE LINE IS: 1.888.247.2583.
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