Public Health Information
Flu Health Advisory (12/11/2019)
Texas is one of sixteen states reporting "widespread" flu activity. The Student Health Center has seen in lab-confirmed flu cases, including both type A & B flu. All members of the campus community are encouraged to follow these guidelines to prevent the spread of flu on our campus:
- Stay home while sick (single most important measure to prevent the spread of flu).
- Isolate for 3 days from onset of flu symptoms or until fever-free for 24 hours (whichever is longer).
- Cover coughs and dispose of tissue immediately after use (avoid reusing and contaminating hands).
- Wash hands frequently, especially before touching mouth, nose or eyes.
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
- Flu vaccination (it's not too late, especially for persons at high risk).
Most cases of flu can be managed with over-the-counter medications and bedrest. However, persons who are very ill or have medical conditions that increase their risk for complications from the flu (chronic heart and lung disease, diabetes, asthma, compromised immune system, pregnant women, young children, persons 65+) should seek medical care. Early use of anti-viral medication such as Tamiflu or Relenza can prevent complications and shorten duration of illness.
For more information about the flu, visit the Centers for Disease Control website at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/index.html. To schedule a flu shot at the Student Health Center, students can call 512.245.2161 or walk-in during office hours.