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Flu season arrives early on campus

Jan. 23, 2008

Kalamazoo--Seasonal influenza has officially arrived at Western Michigan University, and clinicians at Sindecuse Health Center are seeing an influx of students with influenza earlier than in past years.

Students, faculty and staff who are experiencing fever, chills, coughing, headache, sore throat and muscle aches would benefit by seeking medical attention early in the illness as treatment with antiviral medication may be effective within the first 72 hours of the illness. For those who miss the 72-hour window, drinking plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration, using acetaminophen or ibuprofen to reduce fever and muscle aches, and avoiding smoking or alcohol are important steps to take for recovery.

There is still time to receive an influenza vaccine through Sindecuse Health Center. WMU students, employees and retirees may call or walk in for a nurse appointment to receive an influenza vaccine.

Spread of seasonal influenza may be prevented by common-sense practices such as staying home when sick, covering coughs and sneezes and frequently cleaning hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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