The Flu

What to do if you get sick!

If you are sick, stay in your residence hall or apartment. Avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs.

If you think you have the flu and you are in a high-risk group, or are very sick and worried about your illness, call your health care provider immediately.

Do not go to the Emergency Room (ER) or urgent care if you are mildly ill. If you are experiencing any of the following signs of severe illness, you should go to the ER:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough

If you did not get a flu shot, get one! Getting your yearly flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting yourself against flu viruses. The flu vaccine is available free at Health Services during regular hours of operation. You can receive the flu shot during a regularly scheduled appointment or ask for one at the pharmacy.