Even if you get your flu shot and practice 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. According to the university policy on absences, instructors cannot require written excuses from health care professionals. If your instructor asks for a note, you can provide our letter on excused student absences.

Make sure you seek medical care if:

  • Your temperature is greater than 101 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 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. They are different from antibiotics in that they kill viruses, not bacteria. When treatment starts within twp 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.

Make sure you know the difference between cold and flu symptoms and how to manage symptoms at home!

If you are unsure about your symptoms, you can call our 24-hour nurse line at 509-335-3575.

The best way to lower your chances of contracting the flu is by getting a flu vaccine.