Queens College wants to help you stay healthy during the flu season. Cases of H1N1 flu (swine flu) are being reported in the New York City area. Fortunately, most of these cases have been mild.
If you do come down with the flu, here are some tips on how to take care of yourself and keep others healthy: Know the signs and symptoms of flu. Symptoms of flu include fever or chills and coughing or a sore throat. Symptoms may also include runny nose, body aches, headache, fatigue, diarrhea, or vomiting.
If you are sick, stay home or at your place of residence for at least 24 hours after there is no longer a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever such as chills, feeling very warm, flushed appearance, or sweating. (Please note: You should be without a fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications—any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen—before going out in public again.) Stay away from others while sick to prevent the flu from spreading. Ask a roommate or friend to check up on you and bring you needed food and supplies.
- Stay in a separate room and avoid contact with others. If someone is caring for you, wear a mask when they are in the room.
- Drink plenty of clear fluids—such as water, broth, sports drinks, and electrolyte beverages for infants—to avoid dehydration.
- Cover you mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth as this is how germs spread.
Contact your primary health care provider for treatment if you are at a high risk for complications from flu. People most likely to suffer complications from flu include children under the age of 5, pregnant women, people of any age who have chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), and people age 65 and older.
Please do not go to the QC Health Service Center as we cannot treat those with flu symptoms.
Contact a physician or go to an emergency room right away if you are having difficulty breathing or your symptoms become severe.
For more information, visit the following sites: www.cuny.edu/flu
or http://qcpages.qc.cuny.edu/Health_Services (Health Services Center).
You can call Health Services at 718-997-2760 Monday through Friday from 9 am until 5 pm.