Flu information

Is It the flu? Are you feeling sick?

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms:

  • Take your temperature. A fever of 100º F or higher is a key factor in diagnosing influenza. You should purchase a digital thermometer for your use.
  • Call Health Services at 315.312.4100 with questions.
  • Stay in your room or apartment and avoid contact with others until at least 24 hours after your fever resolves without the use of fever-reducing medicines. Students should consider having a "flu buddy" who they can pair with to bring them meals and care for each other if either becomes ill.
  • Talk to your RA about obtaining sick trays.
  • E-mail your professors. Students should not go to class during this time.
  • Return home if you live relatively close to campus.
  • Avoid close contact such as kissing, sharing eating or drinking utensils, or any contact likely to result in exposure to respiratory droplets. Maintain six feet of distance from others.

Emergency warning signs

If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, seek emergency medical care.

In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Dehydration
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

High Risk Conditions

  • Children under 5 years old.
  • Adults 65 years of age and older.
  • Persons with the following conditions. 
    • Chronic pulmonary (asthma), cardiovascular (except hypertension), renal, hepatic, hematological (including sickle cell disease, neurologic, neuromuscular, or metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus).
    • Immunosuppression including that caused by medications or by HIV.
    • Pregnant women.
    • Persons younger than 19 years of age who are receiving long term aspirin therapy.
    • Residents of nursing homes.