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How to protect yourself from the flu

The Ryerson community is encouraged to take extra care of themselves this season
February 01, 2018

This year it seems no one is immune from the flu.

A recent CBC article, external link reported that the influenza strain this year is targeting young people more often than usual.

Typically, influenza is dangerous for the very young, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Those who catch it can be contagious for five to seven days after getting sick. It’s always best to thoroughly wash your hands and clean work and study areas since viruses can be released into the air and rest on hard surfaces for up to 48 hours. See below for recommendations and information about how to protect yourself from the flu and what to do in the event you do get sick.

Flu signs and symptoms:

  • Sudden onset of high fever, chills, cough and muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may also occur, especially in children

When to seek medical attention:

  • If symptoms do not improve after seven days
  • Body temperature above 40 °C
  • Shortness of breath
  • Mental confusion
  • Severe chest pain

How to treat the flu:

  • Stay home to protect others from infection
  • Bed rest
  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco
  • Drink plenty of fluids such as water, soup or flat ginger ale
  • Treat fever and pain with acetaminophen or ibuprofen
  • Make sure you have a ‘Flu Buddy’ to help you get food or assignments if you are sick

The Medical Centre on campus is available if you have any questions or concerns.