- If you have a fever of 100° or higher, drink plenty of clear fluids and take acetaminophen 650 mg every 4-6 hours, acetaminophen 1000 mg every 6 hours, or ibuprofen 400 mg every 4 hours or 600 mg every 6 hours as needed. Do not use aspirin for cold or flu symptoms.
- Get plenty of rest.
- If you have a cough, drink 8 to 10 glasses of fluid daily (water provides the best hydration), inhale steam, and use over-the-counter cough medicines which contain dextromethorphan and/or guaifenesin. Warm water, honey and lemon can also be soothing.
- If you experience a sore throat, gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in a cup of warm water), and use acetaminophen or ibuprofen and lozenges to ease discomfort.
- For congestion, drink clear fluids, take "over-the-counter decongestants" such as pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine, and use saline nasal spray.
- For headaches/body aches, get plenty of rest, stay hydrated and take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain.
- If you are not eating solid foods, try to consume fluids like 7-Up, apple juice, Gatorade or broth.
See your health care provider if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Fever of 101° F or higher for more than 2 days
- Shaking chills
- Cough with chest symptoms of rattling, wheezing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Thick discharge from the nose or lungs
- Sore throat with difficulty swallowing
- Severe pain in your ears or face, or a sore neck with enlarged glands
Clinics and Hours of Operation
- To make an appointment for evaluation, call CHWS at 253.879.1555
- Clinic Hours: Monday, Thursday, and Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- The doors are closed daily from Noon to 1 p.m. reception staff are available by phone.
- After-hours consulting nurse at MultiCare Consulting Nurse Service: 253.403.7778
Prevention of Influenza and Upper Respiratory Infections
- Wash your hands and/or use a hand sanitizer as often as you can, especially after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose, and before and after eating
- Protect others around you by covering your cough and sneezes. Cough into your elbow, not your hand
- Stay home and do not attend classes if you are ill
- Drink at least 8 to 10 eight ounce glasses of fluid each day. Water provides the best hydration.
- Try to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night. Rest as much as possible during the day.
- Avoid drinking alcohol. Avoid smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke.
Other Web Sites for Information:
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Website: www.tpchd.org
Washington State Department of Health Website: www.doh.wa.gov
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website: www.cdc.gov
CDC Flu Webpage for Colleges: www.cdc.gov/flu/school/college.htm
Influenza (Flu) Symptoms may include some or all of the following:
- Fever and/or Chills
- Body Aches
- Sore Throat
- Runny or Stuffy Nose
- Extreme Tiredness (Fatigue)
- Nausea and/or Vomiting
Some combination of these symptoms will last from 1 to 10 days.