Garrison Foster Health Center will be offering flu shots at no cost to faculty, staff and students. Come to a campus wide clinic this week or wait for future clinics coming in October.
Flu Symptoms may include fever over 100.0 F / 37.7 Celsius for 2-5 days, headache, muscle aches, weakness, a non- productive cough, sore throat and runny nose.
If you have an underlying medical condition such as asthma, other respiratory illness, heart disease or diabetes, or are immunosuppressed contact the Health Center soon after developing flu-like symptoms. You may need treatment.
Most healthy individuals will be able to fight off influenza without intervention. If you experience severe flu-like symptoms for more than 3 days contact the Health Center by phone or schedule an appointment online through your student health portal.
Rest, proper hydration and Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen use can be effective tools to help manage flu.
Prevention: follow the “No Flu 4 You” guidelines which include:
-Wash your hands: wash frequently, especially after you cough or sneeze
-Cover your cough: Use tissues, or cough into your sleeve
-Stay at home when you are sick: Symptomatic individuals should remain in their room and stay out of class until 24 hour after fever resolves without the use of medications
-Get Vaccinated: We still have vaccine available to all students and staff at the Garrison-Foster Health Center. Local pharmacies and primary care providers also have vaccine available. This offers protection in 14 days.
Avoid eating in the dining halls, spending time in public spaces, participating in sports activities until you have been fever-free for 24 hours. Send a friend to pick up a ‘flu meal’ from Dining Services at Dana (x5487) or Roberts (x5483) during regular serving hours. Call ahead to request the meal. Your friend will need to bring your Colby ID to pick up the meal.