Even if you are doing all that you can to prevent the flu, like getting a vaccine and practicing good health habits, it’s still possible to get sick. If you happen to get the flu despite being vaccinated, a flu shot may help make symptoms milder.
When you’re sick with the flu, the best thing to do is stay home and avoid contact with other people. Provide this document to instructors who request a written note for missing class.
Make sure you seek medical care if:
- Your temperature is greater than 101 degrees Fahrenheit for three days
- Your symptoms do not improve
- Your breathing becomes difficult
- You experience pain in your chest or stomach
- You become dizzy or lightheaded
- You are vomiting and can’t keep fluids down
Most healthy people don’t need antiviral medicines for treating influenza. If you have a chronic health condition such as diabetes, asthma, or any immune system problems, you are more likely to need antiviral medication and you should try to seek care within 24-48 hours.
Antiviral medications are different from antibiotics in that they kill viruses, not bacteria. When treatment starts within 2 days of the beginning of your symptoms, antivirals can help make symptoms milder and shorten your illness. If your doctor prescribes antiviral medication, be sure to take them as directed. Also, check out our post on how to manage symptoms at home.
If you are unsure about your symptoms, you can call Health & Wellness Services’ 24-hour nurse line, 509-335-3575 #9 and discuss your symptoms with a nurse.
The best way to lower your chances of contracting the flu is by getting a flu vaccine.
You can get your flu vaccine at Health & Wellness Services, simply head over to the patient portal and book an appointment with your provider.
Health & Wellness Services is giving flu shots every Friday from September 29 – October 27 between 10 am – 3 pm, in the Washington Building, room G41. Bring your insurance card.
It will only take a few minutes to get your vaccine, and you will be on your way!