Preventing And Treating The Flu

Preventing And Treating The Flu

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 or your student is sick.

Prevention

  • 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 online 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.

If you have general questions about influenza or the Novel Coronavirus, or your student is sick and needs medical advice, call Norris Health Center at 414-229-4716 to speak to a nurse.

Published Feb. 12, 2020