Stop the flu before it starts with simple prevention measures
Texas is one of 25 states reporting “widespread” flu activity. This classification is based on the number of recent lab-confirmed flu cases statewide as reported to the Centers for Disease Control.
The Student Health Center at Texas State University has seen a significant increase in lab-confirmed flu cases this week, including both type A and B flu. The flu appears to be spreading more rapidly now than in the last few weeks. All members of the campus community are encouraged to follow these guidelines to prevent the spread of flu on campus:
- Stay home while sick. This is the single most important measure to prevent spread of flu.
- Isolate yourself for three days after the onset of flu symptoms or until you’ve been fever-free for 24 hours, whichever period is longer.
- Cover coughs. Dispose of tissues immediately after use, and avoid reusing tissues and contaminating your hands.
- Wash hands frequently, especially before touching your mouth, nose or eyes.
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
- Get a flu vaccination. It isn’t too late, especially for persons at high risk, including pregnant women, young children and persons over 65 years of age.
Most cases of flu can be managed with over-the-counter medications and bed rest. However, persons who are very ill or have medical conditions that increase their risk for complications from the flu (chronic heart and lung disease, diabetes, asthma, compromised immune system) should seek medical care at the onset of flu symptoms. Pregnant women, young children and persons over 65 years of age also should seek medical care if they experience flu-like systems.
Early use of anti-viral medication such as Tamiflu or Relenza can prevent complications and shorten the duration of illness. For more information about the flu, visit the CDC website. To schedule an appointment for evaluation or a flu shot, students can call the Student Health Center at 512.245.2161.