Seasonal Flu Prevention & Management
While flu vaccines are not usually 100% effective, they are a part of the best protection that is available to avoid falling ill with the flu. Annual immunization may improve your immune system in fighting back the flu and if you do become ill it may be a milder case. Butler University has been committed for several years to providing FREE annual flu shots in the fall before the flu season in support of a healthy campus community. It takes about 2-3 weeks to be effective, so before fall break is a good time to consider getting a flu shot! Watch the Connection for announcements!
But as always good choices about personal hygiene and self-care make the biggest difference!
What everyday steps can I take to stop the spread of germs?
These are steps you can take in your daily life to help protect you from getting the flu.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy food.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
- Wipe down surface areas with disinfectant spray and/or wipes on regular basis
What are the signs and symptoms of the seasonal flu?
- Fever of 100.5 or greater
- Body aches
- Malaise (general discomfort)
- Sore throat
Check out the self-evaluation assessment at www.flu.gov.
If you have any of these symptoms, call Health Services at 940-9385 for advice or an appointment.
You can be evaluated for medications to treat influenza if you have symptoms or if you have close contact with someone diagnosed with influenza.
Meal plan students unable to get to the dining hall can submit a sick tray form.
Students with flu symptoms are asked to isolate on campus or go home until they are fever‐free without medication for 24 hours.
Remember, you can help to prevent the spread of the Flu
- If you are sick self-isolate yourself for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
- Call for medical advice
- Watch the video below!
- Centers for Disease Control
- Weekly US Map: Influenza Summary
- Local Flu Updates
- Quick Facts Sheet about the 2014-2015 Flu