GENERAL INFORMATION ON INFLUENZA

What are the signs and symptoms of the influenza virus in people?

The symptoms of the flu virus in people include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A significant number of people who have been infected with this virus also have reported diarrhea and vomiting. Also severe illnesses and death have occurred as a result of illness associated with the virus.

How long can an infected person spread this virus to others?

With seasonal flu, studies have shown that people may be contagious from one day before they develop symptoms to up to 7 days after they get sick. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods. We are monitoring the CDC studies to learn more and will provide more information as it becomes available.

What steps can I take to protect myself from the virus?

  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Frequently clean your living quarters. If you live together with other students, you should frequently clean surfaces and items that are more likely to have frequent hand contact such as desks, doorknobs, refrigerator handles, remote controls, computer keyboards, countertops, faucet handles, and bathroom areas with cleaning agents or alcohol-based wipes.

See also: Sign & Symptoms and Prevention