Colds and influenza have some common symptoms but the onset of fever or extreme fatigue are just two of the symptoms that can help you differentiate between the illnesses. University Health Service offers a guide to help you determine if you've got a cold or the flu. To help you if you do get sick, UHS reminds students to plan ahead: keep food and fluids, such as light soups and water, and a thermometer in your home.
The final seasonal flu clinic scheduled for Thursday, October 8 has been cancelled due to shortage of the seasonal flu vaccine. Students with chronic medical illnesses may call UHS at 585-275-2662 to determine whether seasonal flu vaccine is appropriate for them and, if so, to schedule an appointment for a seasonal flu vaccine. This cancellation will not affect the clinics that will be scheduled in late October/early November for the H1N1 vaccine.
Is your roommate sick? Don't panic! Having a sick roommate does not mean that you will get sick, too. Here are some ways to reduce the spread of germs: Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer between handwashings. And if you do get sick, stay in your room and call UHS (275-2662). For more information, check out the cold and flu topics on the UHS Web site.
University Health Service will hold flu vaccine clinics for seasonal flu and H1N1 flu this fall, starting with the seasonal flu vaccine clinics on Thursday, Sept. 17. H1N1 flu vaccine clinics are expected to begin in late October/early November, depending upon the availability of the vaccine. Clinic dates will be announced. The simple rules for reducing the spread of infection still apply: wash your hands with soap and water often, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough. UHS also has outlined steps to take if you are sick with an influenza-like illness.
Those healthy tips from first grade still apply: Wash your hands frequently and cover your mouth when sneezing and coughing. The H1N1 flu virus is now considered a global pandemic and more than 70 countries have identified cases. University Health Service offers advice about how to avoid the flu this fall.