What to do if you think you have the flu:
- Stay home — do not return to class/work until you no longer have a fever (a temperature of less than 100.5 F) for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. Monitor your fever with an oral thermometer.
- Immediately notify your professor or employer — The Student Health Center will not issue medical notes during an epidemic in order to focus on those who need serious medical attention. Perhaps offer class/work participation and/or contribution in the form of homework using technology.
- Appoint a “Flu Buddy” — a healthy friend who can check up on you daily and bring you necessities such as food, medicine, etc. For students, you can ask your flu buddy to pick up a free flu kit at the Student Health Center that contains an oral thermometer, cough drops and starter kit for over-the-counter medication such as acetaminophen, etc. Students in residence halls should notify their Resident Advisor.
- Prevent spreading the flu by staying at home and avoiding close contact with roommates, family or friends. You are contagious from 1 day prior to being sick up to 5 days from when you began experiencing your symptoms.
- When in doubt, you should seek emergency medical attention or call 911 if you feel that your symptoms are getting worse. Those with chronic health conditions, such as asthma or diabetes, should call the Health Center or their private physician at the onset of symptoms. If symptoms get worse after three or four days, students should seek medical attention to be evaluated for possible complications.
The Health Center is open Mondays-Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m except for Wednesdays 9:00am to 4:45pm.
When the Student Health Center is closed, students may call the Health Center at (559) 278-2734 to speak with an After Hours Advice
Nurse. The Advice nurse is available to provide basic healthcare advice.