We hope you enjoyed your winter break. University Health Services is here to support you with comprehensive, high-quality medical, mental health, prevention, and wellness services. Here are a few reminders to help get your semester off to a healthy start.
Cold and flu season
Winter in Madison is associated with frequent upper respiratory infections. We encourage every member of our community to take preventive measures to stay healthy. If you do become, ill there are strategies to help minimize your symptoms. If you develop fever, it is particularly important to stay in your residence until 24 hours after your last fever of greater than 100 degrees F.
Be aware of adenoviruses
Adenoviruses are a group of common viruses that cause a range of illnesses. Last fall, the UW–Madison student community had 30 confirmed cases of Adenovirus. People with weakened immune systems are more likely to get very sick from an adenovirus infection, so if you are immunocompromised and develop a fever > 100 F, then you should seek care within 48 hours. Symptoms include: sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, fever, and/or pink eye.
Adenoviruses usually spread from infected people to others through close personal contact—such as touching or shaking hands, airborne viruses from coughing or sneezing, or touching objects or surfaces with adenoviruses on them and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
You can protect yourself and others from an adenovirus infection:
- Wash hands often with soap and water
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home when sick
- Cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, or cough or sneeze into your elbow
Travel Clinic appointments
If you plan to travel out of the country for vacation or a class-related trip during spring semester, make an appointment with the Travel Clinic. Spring is our busiest time of year, so book six weeks in advance to secure your appointment.
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Best wishes for a successful semester! We’re here if you need us.