Influenza Arrives in Chico State

Last updated: 02/03/2011

It is NEVER too late to get your seasonal flu shot!

FREE Influenza Vaccine (Inactivated Injectable Vaccine) to all Students/Staff/Faculty/Family 

Receive a vaccine at the Health Center while supplies lasts!

Walk-ins welcome during these immunization times:

8 a.m. - 12 noon and 3 - 4 p.m.  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

9:15 a.m. - 12 noon and 3 - 4 p.m. Wednesday

The difference between a cold and the flu:

Symptom 

Cold 

Flu 

Fever 

Rare

Usual: High

(100-102 F)

Headache 

Rare

Common

General Aches, Pain 

Slight

Usual; Often Severe

Fatigue; Weakness 

Sometimes

Usual up to 2-3 weeks

Extreme Exhaustion

Uncommon

Usual; at beginning

Stuffy Nose

Common

Sometimes

Sneezing

Usual

Sometimes

Sore Throat

Common

Sometimes

Chest Discomfort; Cough

Mild-Moderate hacking cough

Common, can be severe

Treatment

Antihistamines, Decongestant

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory meds

Antihistamines, Decongestant

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory meds.

Prevention

Wash hands often. Avoid close

Contact to anyone with cold symptoms.

Annual vaccination. Wash hands often. Avoid close contact to anyone with flu symptoms.

Complications

Sinus congestion, Middle ear

infection, asthma

Bronchitis, Pneumonia;

Can be life threatening

Make your intention flu prevention!

One square centimeter of skin holds roughly 1,500 bacteria! Make sure to wash your hands often and avoid touching your face.

What to do if you get sick:

  • Stay home from school and work. Be sure to notify your employers and professors about your absence.
  • Get  lots of rest and drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco.
  • Keep an eye on your temperature. Do not return to class and/or work until 24 hours after your fever is gone.
  • There are over-the-counter medications that can help relieve symptoms of the flu.
  • Come into the Health Center early for the best treatment.

 Emergency Warning Signs

Seek emergency care if you or someone you know is having any of the following warning signs discussed below. Emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen.
  • Sudden dizziness.
  • Confusion.
  • Severe or persistent vomiting.

For additional questions or information about seasonal influenza, please go any of the following websites:

1.      Butte County Public Health: 

http://www.buttecounty.net/publichealth/

2.      California Department of Public Health: 

http://www.cdph.ca.gov/Pages/DEFAULT.aspx

3.      Center for Disease Control and Prevention: 

http://www.cdc.gov/