Symptoms and Recommendations
Common symptoms of seasonal influenza are high fever, chills, cough, sore throat, headache, body ache, fatigue, runny nose, and occasional intestinal complaints. People who become ill will suffer mild to moderate symptoms for several days and recover fully in about a week. Most of those that become ill, will not need to see a physician. However, if necessary, contact the Health Center at 906-227-2355, to make an appointment. CDC "What to do when I am sick"
To help keep the NMU community as healthy as possible this winter, please do the following:
- Wash your hands often. Use hot water and soap or a hand sanitizer. While washing them, rub your hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill, especially those who are sneezing and coughing. When out in public: avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as your hands may have been in contact with surfaces contaminated with a flu virus.
- Take care of yourself by eating well, drinking lots of fluids, and getting plenty of sleep to help keep your immune system strong.
- When you sneeze, do so into your elbow. Sneezing into your hand or a tissue is better than sneezing without any deterrent, but these methods put flu virus on your hands that can then be transferred wherever your hand goes.
- If you are running a fever above 100 degrees, remain home or in your residence hall room. Isolate yourself to the extent you can until your fever has been gone for 24 hours. If you live in a residence hall, contact your RA for assistance. Meals can be delivered to your room when you are sick.
- Treat fever and aches with Tylenol or Ibuprofen, not with aspirin.
- There is an antiviral medicine that can help (Tamiflu) but it must be prescribed within 48 hours of onset of flu.
- When missing class/work due to illness, e-mail or phone your instructors and/or supervisors to explain your absence.
- Get a flu vaccination. We had three well attended campus flu clinics, please call 906-227-2355 to schedule nurse visit for Flu vaccine, available Mon-Fr
The Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) for review and paper copies are available at the Health Center, please feel free to ask clinic staff if you have any questions. For more information about seasonal influenza, go to www.cdc.gov/flu
Covid-19 - While the university continues to follow CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and WHO (World Health Organization) updates and guidelines regarding the coronavirus, it is important to follow the same precautions as listed above for the flu. CDC and frequently asked questions
For updates on NMU's procedures and policies regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, refer to the Safe on Campus website.