Influenza Update

Fight the Flu

Student Health Services

Creighton University
2500 California Plaza
Harper 1034, Ground Floor
Omaha, Nebraska 68178
Phone: (402) 280-2735
Fax:  (402) 280-1859

Academic Year

Monday 8:00am-4:30pm
Tuesday 8:00am-6:30pm
Wednesday 8:00am-6:30pm
Thursday: 10:00am-4:30pm
Friday 8:00am-4:30pm

Fall Break/Spring Break/Summer

Mon through Fri 8:00am-4:30pm

 

Seasonal Influenza Information

Get your influenza vaccination at a Shoo The Flu at CU campus clinic.

Check out the CDC FluView to monitor weekly influenza activity across the United States.

What is influenza?

Influenza ("flu") is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza viruses.

How does flu spread?

Influenza viruses spread from an ill person to others mainly through coughing or sneezing. People may also become infected by touching something with the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes before washing their hands.

What are the symptoms of the flu? 

Symptoms include: fever, cough, sore throat, congestion, body aches, chills, fatigue, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting. The fever may last 3-4 days.

What should I do if I feel ill?

If you feel ill with a fever of 100 degrees or higher and have either a cough or sore throat you should call Student Health Services for an appointment.

What should I do if I am diagnosed with influenza?

    • Do not attend class until you are without a fever for 24 hours (without using fever-reducing medications).
    • Avoid close contact with others. 
    • Drink plenty of water and other clear liquids to prevent dehydration.

What are the emergency warning signs of complications?

Warning signs which indicate the need to seek care urgently include: difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, severe or persistent vomiting and flu-like symptoms that improve, but then return with fever and worse cough.

Are prescription medications available for the flu?

Prescription antiviral medications are available. Most people do not need antiviral medication to fully recover from the flu. However, persons at higher risk for severe complications due to certain chronic medical conditions, or those with severe flu illness requiring hospitalization, may benefit from antiviral medication. Ask your health care provider if you need antiviral medication.

Are there over-the-counter (OTC) medications that can help?

Fever and aches may be treated with acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil). Over-the-counter cold medications may be helpful for cough and congestion. Please read the instructions carefully. Check the list of active ingredients carefully to avoid double dosing and exceeding recommended limits.

Young adults should not take aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) when ill with the flu.

What about my roommate?

You should tell your roommate that you have been diagnosed with influenza. If your roommate has a serious medical condition (such as chronic lung, kidney, liver, blood, neuromuscular, immune or metabolic disorders) he or she should consult with Student Health Services regarding the use of prophylactic antiviral medication. Your roommate should seek care for signs and symptoms consistent with influenza.

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