Dear UWM Students,
Welcome to the start of the spring semester.
There is a peak in the flu every year around this time. Last flu season, Wisconsin had 17,210 cases. With that in mind, here are some reminders related to prevention and advice if you are sick.
- Practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and water and/or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially after coughing and sneezing.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and dispose of used tissues in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.
KNOW what to do if you get sick with the flu
- The signs and symptoms of flu include: a fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, a cough, sore throat and body aches. If you get these symptoms, stay home from class and work, and avoid other people.
- Many people who get the flu who do not have a high-risk health condition don’t need to see a doctor. Go to https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/actions-prevent-flu.htm for specific advice on diagnosis, symptoms, treatment and taking care of yourself. If you are pregnant or have a chronic medical illness, contact your health care provider.
- If you think you need to see a medical provider, call the clinic first to describe your symptoms and let them know your temperature, which you should measure with a thermometer. UWM students have three options for care. They may call Norris Health Center at 414-229-4716, their personal health care providers, or urgent care centers after hours and on weekends.
- Cold care kits are available from the dispensary at Norris Health Center and can help relieve some systems. Please use a mask if you visit the dispensary.
- Stay home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever or signs of a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicines, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
We realize it is challenging to miss classes, work and other responsibilities but taking time to rest will benefit your recovery and protect others.
Recently, the news has been focused on a different virus—the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. The https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html provide information that is accurate and up to date. I also wanted to let you know that my campus partners and I have been closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak in China, working with local and state health officials. Also, it’s important for you to know that we do not have any confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus at UWM.
If you have general questions about influenza or the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or you are sick and need medical advice, call Norris Health Center at 414-229-4716 to speak to a nurse.
Your health and well-being are important to us.
Julie Bonner, MD
Campus Health Officer
Executive Director Norris Health Center,
University Counseling and Health Promotion
Updated Feb.19, 2020