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Happy New Year! and unfortunately, welcome to flu season…………

fluview graphic of US states showing every state is having widespread flu activity

fluview graphic of US states showing every state is having widespread flu activity

 

We are seeing an increase of flu cases here at Student Health, which mirrors the activity across the United States. Here is some important information about flu and what to do if you (or someone close to you) gets sick.

Signs of the flu: sudden onset of fever, body aches, fatigue, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache. Rarely it can cause diarrhea or vomiting, but influenza and the “stomach flu” are NOT the same thing. Flu makes you feel horrible, fast. Like hit by a truck horrible.

What to do if you are sick: stay away from others until you have been fever-free for 24 hrs without having to take fever reducing medication. Take ibuprofen/tylenol for aches and fever, drink a lot of fluids, rest, and cover your sneezes and coughs with a tissue that you throw away. WASH YOUR HANDS. Are you high risk for flu complications?  Read this and if applies, call us at (252) 328-6841.

  • Do you need a friend to pick up food for you at the dining hall? You can fill out this form and let your buddy grab you something to eat.
  • Do you need to let your professors know you are sick?  Log onto Pirate Port and use the “Flu Self Reporting Form”. Be advised: this is NOT an excuse. It does let your professors know you are ill and they may work with you on missed work.

What to do if your roommate or someone you love is sickhttp://www.flu.gov/symptoms-treatment/caring-for-someone/index.html

If you aren’t sick, here are a few things to do to try to avoid the flu:

  • get a flu shot–although the best time to get vaccinated is early fall, it is not too late. Student Health has some vaccine available or visit one of your local retail pharmacies, urgent care centers, or your primary medical provider’s office.
  • Avoid sick people–if your friend says they don’t feel well, maybe you should cancel that study session or lunch date.
  • Don’t eat, drink, or smoke after others.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth–we don’t realize how much we introduce germs into our system just by our habits.
  • Wash your hands way more than you think is necessary. Also, alcohol based sanitizers do work against flu, so get you a bottle to keep in your bag.
  • Surfaces are gross–doorknobs, chair rails, keyboards, money, pens, phones, etc all can harbor flu virus particles. Remember to clean your hands often especially after touching items others have used.

A few FAQ:

  • Does SHS test for flu?
    Sometimes. In many cases though, testing is not helpful since the treatment for flu is based on symptoms, not test results, so your treatment is the same regardless of whether or not you have a test. Right now there is a national shortage of flu tests, but as flu becomes widespread in communities there is less need to test since we know the virus is circulating.
  • Should I see a doctor?
    In most cases, if you are healthy and have no underlying major medical issues like asthma, pregnancy, diabetes, HIV, heart conditions, cancer, etc, you do not need to see a health care provider since flu typically resolves on its own.  However, if you have severe symptoms or feel that you are not improving, you need to call your doctor or if you have an emergency, call 911.
  • Can SHS give me a note to miss class?
    No. SHS can not give class excuses. While we do not want students going to class ill, decisions about class attendance policies rest solely with instructors. Students should notify their instructor when they have the flu.
  • If I have flu, do I need Tamiflu (antiviral medication)?
    Again, probably not. Learn more here. If you have a severe case, or are at high risk for complications, then your doctor will probably prescribe an anti-viral; however, low risk otherwise healthy people do not need prescription medication for flu. Tamiflu has side effects of its own and while it *may* shorten duration of illness by 24 hours or so, it will not take symptoms away. It is indicated for helping prevent serious complications in high risk patients, but it is not a magic bullet for making the flu go away in otherwise healthy individuals.

Still have more flu related questions?  Email us at fluquestions@ecu.edu

Also, don’t forget: anytime we are not open, you always have the 24hr nurse line available to you for medical advice. Call our main number, (252) 328-6841, and listen to the instructions for speaking with a nurse.

Student Health continually monitors the flu situation. Look to www.ecu.edu/studenthealth for updates and please follow us on Twitter (@ECU_SHS) and Facebook (ECU Student Health Services) for the most up to date information for campus.

Source:

CDC                       http://www.cdc.gov/flu/

Flu is here. Ugh…..

H1N1logo_PeeDee copyPositive 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!!!!

Thanksgiving Week Hours of Operation


Due to the holiday week, SHS will have a change in our normal operating hours.

Monday/Tuesday, Nov. 19 & 20:  normal hours

Wednesday, Nov. 21:  Open for patient care 1:30-4pm only.  We are open 8am-5pm for general business (dropping off immunization records, filling out medical releases, etc.)

Thursday, Nov. 22-Sunday, Nov. 25:  CLOSED.  Enjoy the holiday break!

Don’t forget:  anytime SHS is closed, you still have access to medical advice.  Call 911 for emergencies, but if you just want to talk to a nurse about an issue, call 328-6841 and stay on the line to be transferred to our free, 24 hr nurse line. You can also find self care information for treating your problem on our webpage, or you can submit a question to gotquestions@ecu.edu

Happy Thanksgiving Pirates!!!

Tick removal….a how to guide.

 

Tick

Summer is a great time for camping, gardening, hiking, enjoying the great outdoors….but sometimes, little blood sucking friends like to hitchhike from outside via your skin. There are lots of “home remedies” for removing ticks–using a blown out match, globbing on vaseline, even suffocating the tick in soap to get it to “detatch”.

However, health experts and the CDC recommend a simple grab with tweezers as the best method of removal. Need to learn how to remove a tick? Visit the CDC’s page on tick removal.