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
Other severe symptoms
Annual flu shots are available at the Health Center beginning in early 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.
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.
Common, dry hacking
Possible, especially on awakening
None or low grade
Characteristic; high and rises rapidly
Common; prominent symptom
Adapted from Am Fam Physician. 2019 Sep 1;100(5):281-289.
Cold & Flu Care Tips
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.