Symptoms of the flu may include:
- sore throat
- body aches
Use the following common sense measures to protect yourself and others:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water – if soap and water is not available, use a hand sanitizer solution.
- Cover coughs and sneezes and dispose of tissues immediately.
- Drink plenty of fluids, get lots of rest.
- Eat well, get plenty of sleep, stay active .
- Do not touch contaminated surfaces.
- Try not to touch your mouth and nose.
- Stay home if you are ill.
- Many people feel obligated to push themselves to go to work or attend school even if they feel sick. Don’t do it, stay home! Influenza can be contagious from one day before the individual gets sick and up to seven days after symptoms start. If you have flu-like symptoms, you should stay home and keep away from others as much as possible, including avoiding travel and not going to work or school, for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.) If you leave the house to seek medical care, wear a facemask, if available and tolerable, and cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. In general, you should avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness
Sue Danielson, RN
Coordinator of Health Services
Viterbo University Health Services
900 Viterbo Drive
La Crosse, WI 54601