Flu season is in full swing, and Ferris State University health officials want to keep it from spreading on campus.
Birkam Health Center officials are seeing an increase of patients diagnosed with influenza, said clinical coordinator Cande Price.
“We have been seeing up to six positive influenza tests per day,” Price said. “Not everyone with symptoms wishes to be tested, so we do see individuals with symptoms but who decline to be tested.”
Influenza activity remains high nationally, and nearly all 50 states have reported widespread cases of the contagious respiratory illness, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC recommends getting a flu shot, which will protect against three viruses expected to be the most common this season. Vaccinations are available at Birkam, Price said, and students, faculty and staff and are encouraged to get one while supplies last.
Everyday preventive actions that can slow the spread of germs include avoiding close contact with sick people, covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and washing your hands with soap and water.
Flu symptoms, which usually come on suddenly, can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuff nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue.
“If you become ill with influenza, you will probably be sick for several days with
fever and respiratory symptoms,” Price said.
Here are some home care tips that Price recommends:
When to seek emergency care:
For more information about Birkam Health Center, visit http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/studentlife/HCenter/homepage.htm or call (231) 591-2614.
Center hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments are encouraged but not necessary.
Last updated: 08-15-2013