Center for Health & Wellness
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The CH&W encourages all members of the Emerson community to get a flu shot.
CHW flu recommendations were developed based on documents and guidance provided by the CDC?and BPCH.?We think you will find them helpful. Please contact the CHW with any additional questions at 617-824-8666.
Do I have the flu?
The symptoms of influenza (flu) include fever, cough, sore throat, and sometimes body aches, headache, chills, and feeling tired. Some people also have diarrhea and vomiting. The most important thing you can do to keep flu from spreading in your campus community is to stay home if you are sick.
Use the following checklist to help decide if you may have the flu:
- Do you have a cough?
- Do you have a sore throat?
- Do you have a headache, body aches, or chills?
- Do you have vomiting or diarrhea?
- Do you have a fever of 100.4° F or more?
→ If you said "yes" to a fever of 100.4° F or more AND a cough or sore throat, you have an influenza-like illness.
Should I stay home?
If you have a fever of 100.4° F or more AND a cough or sore throat, you have an influenza-like illness. We recommend that you stay home?until fever free for 24 hours without fever lowering medication. For most people, this will be four days from onset of symptoms.?
If you answered?“yes” to only one of the questions above, or if you are ill with other symptoms, stay at home for one day to observe for other symptoms. If other symptoms develop, use the checklist questions again to decide whether to continue to stay home.
When should I see a medical provider?
SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF YOU HAVE:
Trouble breathing or chest pain
Purple or blue discoloration of the lips
Vomiting and unable to keep liquids down
Signs of dehydration, such as dizziness when standing, less urine, or in infants, a lack of tears when they cry
Seizures (for example, uncontrolled convulsions (or shakes)
Is less responsive than normal or becomes confused
Signs of flu that improve but then return with fever and worse cough
Fever with a rash
Any other signs that are especially worrisome or concerning
The CDC recommends treatment with anti-viral medications for individuals :
- who are at high risk because of an underlying chronic medical condition
- who have a lowered immunity due to illness or medications
- with severe flu symptoms
Antiviral medication is most effective when started within the first 2 days of flu symptoms but may be of benefit when started later especially in reducing severity of symptoms and risk of? flu complications in high risk individuals.Contact one of the following to discuss antiviral treatment:
- CHW at?617-824-8666?to obtain advice and recommendations from a clinician. (M-F)
- Your current or most recent Primary Care provider
- When the CHW is closed contact ECPD?(617-824-8888) to page the resident director (RD) on duty for the covering after hours medical practice
If you have the Blue Cross Blue Shield?Student Health Insurance Plan, you can call?to speak with a registered nurse. Nurses are available 24-hours a day.?To reach a nurse, call 1-888-247-BLUE (2583).
If you do not have Blue Cross Blue Shield Student Health, look on the back of your insurance card or on your insurance company's webpage for their 24/7 nurses' line.?
The CHW encourages all members of the Emerson community to get a flu shot. For students unable to obtain immunization before returning to campus, and for students, faculty and staff residing in Boston, there are several options available.
Emerson College and the CHW are committed to providing students, parents, and the Emerson community with updated information as the flu season progresses. We strive to minimize the risk of infection on campus by following the guidelines for colleges and universities promoted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC). We encourage you to practice healthy habits and we seek your partnership in combating this public health threat. Your health and wellness determines the health and wellness of the Emerson community.