Flu Season is here - PROTECT YOURSELF!

Dear Students:

This week we are seeing many students sick with influenza. Influenza is an illness which causes the abrupt onset of very high fever, all over body aches and fatigue. Sometimes it also causes cold symptoms but the most common symptoms are high fever and a dry cough. Typically the fever lasts 3 to 7 days. The dry cough and fatigue can persist for several weeks.

 

Get a Flu Shot!

 

The best way to protect yourself is to get a flu shot. Flu shots are available for students at the Student Health Center. We know that this year the flu shot is not completely effective at preventing the strain of flu. We also know that even with this less effective vaccination, people who got the vaccination were less sick and recovered more quickly when exposed to influenza.

 

If you have not had your flu shot it is not too late! Please make every effort to get your vaccination. Wash Your Hands and Cover Your Cough

One of the most powerful ways to protect yourself from sickness is to wash your hands frequently. When you cough into your arm or your sleeve you are protecting others from sickness.

 

Stay Home When Sick

 

If you are sick with influenza you should isolate yourself until you are fever free for 24 hours without using medicine to treat your fever. Do not go to class, the dining hall, ride the bus or go to work until your fever has resolved for a full day off of fever reducing medications, for example, acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil).

 

Please email your instructor if you are going to be absent. The faculty do NOT require notes for missed classes so please do not come to the SHC for verification note.

“No Note” Policy https://healthcenter.ucsc.edu/forms/HC180.pdf

 

Use the Buddy Meal System The dining hall will provide “to go” boxed meals, for students with meal cards, if you provide your student ID to someone to pick up the meal for you.

 

For more information about taking care of yourself when you are sick, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/takingcare.htm

 

If you have questions or concerns, please call our Nurse Advice Line at 831-459-2591 or visit our website at healthcenter.ucsc.edu

 

Sincerely,

 

Drew Malloy, MD Medical Director

UCSC Student Health Center

Flu Season Information Infographic