Student Body Flu Notice

The Brandeis Health Center has seen a number of students who have flu symptoms. We would like to remind you to wash your hands and use hand sanitizer frequently. Listed below you will find some important information about the flu. Call the health center 781-736-3677 if you have any questions.

In good health,
Dr. Michael LaFarr
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How to Take Care of Yourself When You Have the Flu & When to Seek Medical Care

Supplies for Caring for yourself with a Flu like illness:
• A Thermometer –simple digital thermometers
• Non-aspirin pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®, etc.)
• Cough syrup
• Clear Fluids – fruit juice, sports drinks
• Light food – clear soups, crackers, applesauce, popsicles etc.

Symptoms of the flu include:
• Fever (101° – 104°F), lasting 3 – 5 days
• Headache, severe muscle and joint aches
• Sore throat
• Tiredness can be extreme and last 2 weeks or more
• Dry cough
• Runny or stuffy nose

What to do if you have flu symptoms:
• Flu is a viral illness and is usually self- limiting (resolves on its own). It is important to rest, keep yourself hydrated and treat your symptoms for relief and decreased risk of complications.
• Rest in bed –stay home!
• Drink lots of fluids (water, clear juice, non-caffeinated teas etc.)
• Take non-aspirin pain relievers to reduce fever and pain (Never take aspirin with fever – it is possible to get Reye syndrome.)
• Stay home and avoid public activities so that you don’t pass the flu to other people. Wash your hands well and frequently.

If you are at risk for complications from the flu, call the Health Center (781-736-3677).
People at risk for complications from the flu include:
• Infants and young children
• People 65 years of age and older
• Pregnant women
• People with chronic medical conditions such heart or lung disease such as asthma, diabetes and people whose immune system is weakened because of disease or medicine.

Call for help immediately if:
• Breathing is fast, difficult or painful
• The skin is dusky or bluish in color
• Chest pain
• The person is disoriented
• The person is unable to walk or sit up, or function normally (others might be the first to notice this, especially in elderly people)

Call the Health Center 781-736-3677 for an appointment if:
• The fever lasts more than 3 - 5 days
• There is colored mucous with the cough
• You are not able to drink enough fluids (urine is dark or has not urinated for 12 or more hours)

Call the health center if you have any of the symptoms above, or if you:
• Still feel very sick once the fever is gone
• Have a stiff neck, severe headache, severe sore throat, severe earache or unexplained rash, or has repeated vomiting or diarrhea
• Have a fever and have had a seizure
• Have a weakened immune system because of disease of medicine

Campus Resources:
• For an on campus Medical Emergency call 781-736-3333.
• The Health Center 781-736-3677 wants to know if you are ill. They will do a phone screening and provide follow up calls as well.
www.brandeis.edu/health our web page has a link for taking care of yourself and how to get more info on our home page.
• The Health Center has self care packages that can be picked up by a friend for you.
• www.brandeishillel.org to have some chicken soup delivered to your room.
• A friend can use your swipe card to pick up food from the cafeteria for you.
• The "C store" carries basic over the counter self-care items which are also available at local pharmacies.