Oh no, I have the Flu what do I do?
If you become ill with influenza symptoms, you should stay home (in your room) and avoid contact with other people except to seek medical care. Most people are able to recover at home without medical care.
Rest, liquids, and over-the-counter medicine for fever (e.g., acetaminophen or ibuprofen) are the usual treatments. Some prescription drugs may reduce the severity of influenza. Aspirin should not be given to children or young adults with fever-causing illnesses because of the possibility of a complication called Reye’s syndrome. Antibiotics are not effective at fighting the flu.
Although some people are at greater risk of serious flu-related complications, it is also possible for otherwise healthy people to develop severe illness. People who are concerned about their illness should call the Student Health Center (540) 654-1040, after hours advice line (540) 741-1000 or their doctor for advice. Experiencing any of the emergency warning signs listed below means that you should seek medical evaluation without delay.
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness
- Severe or persistent vomiting
(Virginia Department of Health, 2015)
Free Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing Offered Monthly:
The UMW Student Health Center in partnership with the Fredericksburg Area HIV/AIDS Support Services (FAHASS) www.fahass.org offers monthly Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing (HIV by oral swab and urine Chlamydia and Gonorrhea) at the Student Health Center on one Friday per month from 10 AM-3 PM. Come in and Get Yourself Talking/Tested (GYT)!
Please call (540) 654-1040 to schedule an appointment, walk-ins are welcome, but might have to wait.
Free test dates: Friday, February 20, 2015, Friday, March 20, 2015 and April 17, 2015.
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