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Influenza 2019-2020

Updated January 30, 2020

Health Services is beginning to see cases of the flu. The majority of confirmed cases are influenza B.  Of the students that have been tested positive so far, 70% did not receive a flu shot. Student living in close quarters are at the greatest risk.  The first word of prevention is to have a flu shot annually and follow the recommendations below:

Current recommendations in addition to getting a Flu shot

Cases that are being seen are presenting with: fevers, chills, cough, fatigue, generalized body and muscle aches.  We are recommending that students self-isolate in their residence and/or go home if they live locally until the fever is absent for 24 hours without medication. If clinically indicated, antivirals will be prescribed.  

Immediate comfort needs with the flu:

  • Drink plenty of fluids like water and avoid caffeine
  • Take medication for the fever, aches and pains, like Tylenol or Advil
  • REST
  • Recommendation is to not attend class until the fever is absent for 24 hours without medication to avoid exposure of others
  • If you were prescribed antiviral medication, this medication has been shown to shorten the severity and duration of the illness
  • Medical evidence has also shown that having a Flu shot will shorten the severity and duration of the illness

When to worry:

  • A fever > 100.5 that persists after medication or that last longer than 48 hours
  • If you have another medical condition like diabetes, severe asthma
  • If symptoms worsen or new ones develop like shortness of breath

Words about prevention

  • Get a Flu shot
  • Cover your cough
  • Wash your hands
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and month if you are around others or have touched surfaces where people with the flu have been
  • Do not share foods, drinks, eating utensils, smoking devices, of any kind
  • Clean hard surfaces around you
  • Do not share phones, computers, workspace with others who have been sick—if you are not sure, clean it or avoid it
  • Do not share medications, if something was prescribed for you it will not work unless taken properly

For more information, see the CDC

State of Indiana Flu Facts

Current Flu Activity in the State of Indiana

Period of Contagiousness per the CDC

You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Although people with the flu are most contagious in the first 3–4 days after their illness begins, some otherwise healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5—7 days after becoming sick. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others with flu viruses for an even longer time.