The Office of Student Health wants to remind parents that flu season has arrived on campus.

Be sure your student has a thermometer and over the counter medicine for symptom relief. If your student needs a thermometer, the bookstore on campus sells them as well as flu and cold medications to help relieve symptoms.

The flu typically presents with a more sudden onset of symptoms than a cold. A fever of 100 degrees or higher, cough and /or sore throat may signal the arrival of flu. In addition, students may experience chills, fatigue, and achiness. Vomiting and diarrhea are not common flu symptoms in adults and young adults. At this time of year, stomach bugs can be caused by a norovirus and not influenza.

If your student develops a fever of 100 degrees or higher, they should not go to class or the work until they are fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications.

Students with fever and flu symptoms can make an appointment for flu testing in The Office of Student Health or with their primary doctor. If the symptoms develop on the weekend, students can go to an Urgent Care Center for evaluation. There is a free shuttle to Urgent Care available to all students from the campus running starting at 9am on weekends and holidays.

The Office of Student Health will prescribe antiviral medication if indicated and the student presents within the first 48 hours of symptom onset. Antiviral medication can shorten the course of the illness. Students will need to pick up their antiviral medication at the pharmacy as it is a prescription medication.

The Erie County Health Department is still recommending flu vaccination. It takes two weeks for the body to build up immunity to flu after vaccination.

Continue to preach frequent hand washing, adequate sleep, healthy diet, avoidance of alcohol, sick persons and crowded gatherings.