Positive flu cases are starting to pop up now in our area, including on campus. Help keep yourself healthy by getting vaccinated, washing your hands often or using hand sanitizer, and staying away from sick persons if possible.
Need a flu shot? We are giving them every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday on a walk in basis from 8am-10am at the Student Health Center. If that doesn’t work for your schedule, call us at 328-6841 to set up an appointment. We will also be out on campus doing flu shots–check out our dates and times: fluclinicposter2014. More dates may be added in the future so check our website at www.ecu.edu/studenthealth or follow us on Twitter (@ECU_SHS) for the latest info.
Feeling sick? Symptoms occur suddenly with flu and can include fever, body aches, cough, runny nose, sore throat, and possibly nausea or vomiting. Flu hits fast, and usually feels much much worse than a regular cold. Most people do not need medical attention, as flu is viral and will run its course within a few days to a week. Over the counter medications (tylenol, ibuprofen, etc) and home remedies like warm soup, rest, and salt water gargles may help your symptoms. However, if you have underlying health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, heart problems, pregnancy, or immune compromising issues such as cancer or HIV, you should contact your health care provider for further advice. Symptoms such as shortness of breath, inability to hold down fluids, and chest pain should be evaluated urgently by calling 911 or visiting the ER or local urgent care center.
If you are sick, stay away from others until you are fever free for 24 hours without taking fever reducing medicine. Communicate early on with your professors about your illness–SHS cannot give you a class excuse for missed days or assignments. Flu germs can travel 3-6 feet away, so cough or sneeze into your sleeve if possible.
Need help or have flu related questions? Call us at 328-6841, or email us at GotQuestions@ecu.edu. If our office is closed, you always have access to our 24hr nurseline for medical advice.
Stay healthy, Pirates!!!!