If you have any of the following, call the Student Health Center at 573-882-7481 for an appointment:
- Fever over 101 degrees or remains over 100 degrees for two days
- Productive cough
- Breathing difficulty
- Chest pain
- Other severe symptoms
Annual flu shots are available at the Student Health Center beginning in September. Your student health fee covers the cost of the annual flu shot. Watch for our on-campus flu clinics or if you’re already at your appointment, ask your provider or nurse about getting the shot while you’re here.
Call us at 573-882-7481.
You’re tired, have a stuffy nose and a sore throat. Use this guide to figure out if it’s a cold, the flu or something else.
|COVID-19 Symptoms range from mild to severe||Influenza||Cold||Seasonal Allergies|
|Symptom||COVID-19 Symptoms range from mild to severe||Influenza||Cold||Seasonal Allergies|
|Sources: World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology|
|Fever||Common||Common||None or low grade||Varies|
|Cough||Common (usually dry)||Common (usually dry)||Mild to moderate||Sometimes|
|Aches and pains||Sometimes||Common||Slight||No|
|Runny or stuffy nose||Rare||Sometimes||Common||Common|
|Sore throat||Sometimes||Sometimes||Common||Possible, esp. upon waking|
|Shortness of breath||Common||Sometimes||Mild||Sometimes, esp. in asthma patients|
|Chills||Sometimes, incl. repeating shaking||Fairly common||Uncommon||Rare|
|Loss of appetite||Sometimes||Common||Sometimes||Rare|
|New loss of taste or smell||Sometimes||Sometimes||Sometimes||Sometimes|
|Itchy nose, eyes or roof of mouth||No||No||No||Common|
For fever, sore throat and body aches
- Take acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) but do not exceed 3,000 mg per day
- Alternate with ibuprofen (such as Advil)
- Take them around the clock, at the frequency indicated on the product directions — not just when symptoms reoccur
- Use a cough syrup with the suppressant dextromethorphan (DM), which is usually combined with guaifenesin (a mucus thinner) (such as Tussin DM)
- Take it at the frequency indicated on the product directions — not only when your cough worsens
Increase fluid intake
- Fluids are important while you have a fever
- Consume fruit juices, sports drinks, soup and water
- Do not use sugar-free drinks for rehydration
Call Student Health
Call the Student Health Center for an appointment at 573-882-7481 if:
- Fever remains over 100 degrees for two days
- Cough becomes productive
- Breathing becomes difficult
- You experience chest pain
- Or other new severe symptoms
Stay home from class and work to limit contact with others. Limiting contact with others will keep them from infecting others.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze (or turn your head into your sleeve)
- Put your used tissue in a waste basket
- Wash your hands with soap and water, after you sneeze or cough
- Carry alcohol-based hand sanitizer to use when soap and water are not easily accessible
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth because germs are spread this way
- Do not share items such as drinks, food, cell phones, etc.
Avoid close contact with sick people
Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people. Sometimes others may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.
Symptoms of influenza
The most common symptoms are fever with respiratory symptoms including cough, sore throat and body aches. Headaches, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea may also occur.