February 20, 2019
Dear University of Maryland community,
The University Health Center is seeing an increase in individuals presenting with influenza in the past two weeks, primarily Influenza A. Influenza is a respiratory illness that typically presents suddenly with high fever, body aches, headache and cough that is contagious. We have not diagnosed or been made aware of any cases of Adenovirus illness since the start of the Spring semester. We're writing with a reminder about ways to keep yourself and those around you healthy...
- Be a healthy Terp and get a flu shot. It is not too late! The UHC has already given thousands of flu shots and we have a small supply remaining.
- Wash your hands frequently and use the hand sanitizing stations that are located around campus.
- Avoid those who are ill, if possible.
- Clean high touch surfaces in your room and/or office with anti-bacterial cleaner (bleach wipes are very good).
- Cough into your sleeve or a tissue, not directly into your hands, and wash your hands immediately.
- Avoid touching your face both when you are ill and when healthy. This spreads germs!
- Avoid sharing food, utensils, cups, and water-bottles.
The treatment for influenza for otherwise healthy people is “supportive,” meaning that our recommendations will often be that you rest, take plenty of fluids and fever reducing medicine if you are diagnosed with the flu. Anti-viral medications (Tamiflu and Relenza) must be started within 48-72 hours of the onset of illness, but they are generally not recommended for healthy people with flu. For students, faculty and staff who have chronic medical problems, such asthma, diabetes, and immune dysfunction, it is important to visit the UHC or your personal physician within 48 hours of developing flu symptoms.
- If you are sick, stay home and in bed. Avoid crowded places like dining halls, classrooms, restaurants and the Recreation Center to prevent spreading your illness to others.
- Recruit a friend (your “Flu Buddy”) to help care for you and help bringing food to you from the dining hall.
- Take fever reducers like acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen (Aleve) if you have a fever. If your fever persists for more than three days in spite of fever reducers, please seek care.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Contact the UHC at 301.314.8180 for medical advice if you are unsure of what to do after reading this information.
For more information on the Flu, please visit the following site: Flu (influenza).
Stay well! The University Health Center is here to answer any questions that you may have.
David McBride, MD
Director, University Health Center