This year’s flu season is hitting Wisconsin hard but it’s still not too late for students to protect themselves. The single best way to prevent the flu is to get the flu shot every year. Remember, even SOME protection is better than none at all.
If you haven’t received a flu shot, don’t procrastinate! Waiting will put you at higher risk when you’re back in class and in the close company of other students. A flu shot not only protects you, but it also protects those around you who may be at risk for more serious complications. It’s fast, simple and free for registered UW-Madison students.
Make your appointment today! Call UHS at 608-265-5600 as soon as possible to make your appointment for a flu shot. Once there, bring your student ID and wear short sleeves or sleeves that easily push all the way up to the shoulder.
What if I have the flu?
Most people with the flu have a mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you have asthma, diabetes, a weakened immune syndrome, are pregnant, or have other chronic lung, heart, blood, or neurologic diseases, contact your health care provider or call UHS if you start having flu-like symptoms.
If you do experience flu-like symptoms (fever with a cough and/or sore throat), stay home from work and class and limit contact with others until you are completely free of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications. This will take 3 to 5 days for most people.
Students with questions about their symptoms should contact UHS at 608-265-5600.
For more information on the flu, how to prevent it and what you can do keep yourself healthy, visit: http://www.uhs.wisc.edu/health-topics/flu/