Health Notice

Health Notice: Treatment and Prevention Crucial in Dangerous Flu Season

This 2017-18 flu season is reported to be one of the worst in recent years. WSSU is seeing an increase in flu-related cases. It is imperative that everyone take measures to prevent the spread of the flu.

How do I know I have the flu?

Flu symptoms include: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting.

Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
What should I do if I get sick?

Students should make an appointment with the Student Health Center. Antiviral medication will be given if you present within 48 hours. For symptomatic faculty, staff, and their family members, please visit your primary care physician immediately to minimize spread.

What can I do to prevent the flu?

The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year. Although the vaccine this year is not as effective as other years, getting the vaccine is still the best way to prevent or minimize the effects of the flu.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated.
For more information visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Influenza).

The Student Health Center is open for students to receive the flu vaccine and treatment. Please schedule an appointment through our online portal or call 336-750-3301. For symptomatic faculty, staff, and their family members, please visit your primary care physician immediately to minimize spread.