Checklist - Cold or Flu?
|Fever (over 100°)||–||Yes|
|Loss of appetite||–||Yes|
|Diarrhea or Vomiting||–||Maybe|
Basic Flu Facts
- Seasonal flu is a respiratory illness.
- It’s caused by a virus.
- It’s contagious, meaning people can catch it from each other.
- You can get the virus even if you’re not in direct contact with someone who has it.
- Seasonal flu usually comes in a yearly cycle, arriving in North America in fall or winter and gradually tapering off.
- The flu virus gradually mutates (evolves), so that a new type of flu is common each year.
- Each year, a vaccine is publicly available against the most common seasonal flu virus.
- Getting the vaccine can help you avoid getting the flu or reduce your symptoms.
- Most people have some immunity to the flu.
- "Flu" is short for "influenza" – both words mean the same thing.
How the flu spreads
- People who have the flu pass it on by coughing and sneezing.
- Droplets from the coughs and sneezes carry virus germs through the air.
- Those germs can land on doorknobs, faucets, stair rails and other surfaces.
- The next person who touches that surface can pick up the germs... and then touch his or her mouth... nose... eye...
- And give the flu virus a new home.
How the flu feels
Flu symptoms usually come on suddenly and may include:
- Fever (>= 100°)
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Possibly vomiting or diarrhea
Don’t Fool with the Flu
How to lower the risk for yourself and others
- Wash your hands.
- When you can’t wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
- Anytime you cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth.
- Keep your hands away from your face.
- If someone is sick, avoid close contact.
- If you feel sick, stay home from school, work, and other public contact.
Who should see a doctor?
Most people can rest and recover from the flu at home. Call your doctor’s office:
- If you are pregnant
- If you have a chronic medical condition such as asthma, diabetes, or a disease of the heart, lung, liver, or kidney
- If your symptoms become severe, or if they go away and then return
If you don’t have a doctor in the area, contact
- Finger Lakes Medical Care Center, Auburn 315-258-7100
- Urgent Medical Care, Skaneateles 315-685-9355
- Oswego Health Urgent Care Center, Fulton 315-592-3500
Health insurance coverage
If you are a Cayuga student with student health insurance coverage, use the claim form. If you need a prescription, you will have to pay to pick it up, then send a claim for reimbursement. Keep all receipts. Please call the Health Services Office with any questions:
- Auburn 315-255-1743 x 2203
- Fulton 315-592-4143 x 3008
More Flu Info
Check these government websites for more information on the flu: