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Influenza (Flu)

Flu symptoms include cough, fever, chills, chest congestion and body aches, and to a lesser degree, nausea and vomiting.

If you are experiencing symptoms of influenza, you are encouraged to visit Xavier's Student Health & Counseling Services, located in the Health United Building (HUB) on the 1st floor, or a healthcare provider, to be assessed. If flu is diagnosed early within its course, your healthcare provider may discuss the benefits of prescribing an antiviral medication such as Tamiflu. This medication may decrease the severity of symptoms and may shorten the duration of the illness.

Influenza (flu) can cause mild to severe illness. Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • muscle or body aches
  • headaches
  • fatigue (tiredness)
  • some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

For more information about Influenza please see seasonal flu information on the Center for Disease Control website

A flu vaccine can help decrease the severity of the symptoms. The vaccination takes about 10 days to two weeks to become effective.

Protect yourself against influenza and prevent the spread of the virus with:

  • Frequent and thorough handwashing.
  • Trying not to touch your face and nose area.
  • Skip handshakes; maybe try fist-bumps.
  • Sneezing and coughing into your elbow.
  • Avoiding contact with people with cold or flu symptoms.
  • Staying away from at-risk groups if you are experiencing symptoms.
  • Staying home from work or school if you are experiencing symptoms.

A flu vaccine can help decrease the severity of the symptoms. The vaccination takes about 10 days to two weeks to become effective.

Protect yourself against influenza and prevent the spread of the virus with:

  • Frequent and thorough handwashing.
  • Trying not to touch your face and nose area.
  • Skip handshakes; maybe try fist-bumps.
  • Sneezing and coughing into your elbow.
  • Avoiding contact with people with cold or flu symptoms.
  • Staying away from at-risk groups if you are experiencing symptoms.
  • Staying home from work or school if you are experiencing symptoms.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or have any questions please contact Health Services at 513-745-3022, option 3.