Cold and Flu
Symptoms of Cold and Flu
It's cold and flu season. Here are some ways to prevent getting sick.
- Wash your hands frequently
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Preferably sneeze or cough in your sleeve or use a tissue, then discard the used tissue immediately, and wash your hand or use a sanitizer to clean them
- Clean hard surfaces with a disinfectant
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers, you can buy individual bottles that you can carry with you.
If you are already feeling unwell, your symptoms could indicate:
- No fever (temperature less than 38°C or 100.4°F)
- Sore throat
- Stuffy Nose
- Runny Nose
With these symptoms, it's best to stay home and get some rest.
- Have a fever (temperature less than 38°C or 100.4°F)
- Sore throat
- Muscle Aches
- Significant Fatigue
It's probably the flu, it's best to stay home and get some rest.
Taking Care of Yourself
With both a cold and flu, taking care of yourself in the following ways will help you recover more quickly.
- Drink plenty of fluids (6-8 glasses per day). Try drinking hot fluids to help with nasal and chest congestion.
- Humidify the air using a vaporizer (either cool mist or warm mist works). This will help relieve a sore throat or dry cough.
- Get enough rest. Fatigue can increase the duration of symptoms. Staying in bed will also avoid spreading the infection to others.
- Use saline drops or spray to loosen nasal congestion.
- Use non-medicated hard lozenges or candy to soothe a sore throat or cough.
- Gargle with salt water to relieve a dry throat.
- Stop or reduce smoking. People who smoke tend to get colds more often. Their colds also last longer and they cough more frequently.
- A vaccine is available to prevent Influenza
- It is getting late in the season to receive it but may still be effective
- Vaccine clinics will be held at Student Health Services so look for postings of dates on our website
- These clinics will be for those individuals who have underlying medical problems and are candidates for the provincial free vaccine program.
- If you are not a candidate for this program, we have a limited supply of vaccine for purchase at the clinic.
If you have further questions, call Info-Sante at 811, or the Student Health Clinic to speak with a nurse at 514-398-6017.