Dear Members of the Florida State Community,
University Health Services (UHS) has seen an increase in the number of patients who are presenting with influenza (flu) over the past two weeks. This is consistent with the Florida Department of Health reporting that flu activity is widespread and continues to increase above previous seasonal flu peaks. It is important to know that people who have the flu are highly contagious and can spread it to others.
Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue and possibly vomiting and diarrhea.
Ways to prevent the spread of flu include covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, washing your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub, and cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated using an approved product. If you have a fever, it is important to limit your contact with others until the fever is gone for at least 24 hours without taking fever reducing medications. If you have not received the flu shot, it is not too late to do so, as this is the best way to prevent influenza and its complications.
Please click on the link from the CDC below for additional information concerning the flu and ways you can help prevent it.
If you are currently ill, and would like to be evaluated by a health care provider, please call University Health Services at 644-4567 to schedule an appointment.
For more information on this year's flu season, view http://www.fsunews.com/story/news/2018/01/21/flu-season-going-viral/1051943001/.
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