Wilcox Medical Center

Do I have the Flu….

Influenza Information

Flu Symptoms:

Fever(not always), Cough, Sore throat, Runny nose or stuffy nose, Body aches, Headaches, Chills, Fatigue, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting.


What to do if you are sick:

Most people will have mild illness and will not need medical care or treatment with antiviral medication.  If you do have symptoms, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people, other than to go get medical care.  If you are in a “high risk group” and are very sick or are worried about your symptoms, see your doctor or call the Wilcox Medical Center.

**High Risk people include young children, and those over 65 yrs old, pregnant women and people with certain medical conditions.

Emergency warning signs:

Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or stomach area, sudden dizziness, confusion, severe or persistent vomiting, flu like symptoms that improve but then return with a fever and worse cough.  Seek medical attention immediately for these symptoms!

Other Considerations:

The CDC recommends that you stay home/dorm room for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to seek medical attention.  Over the counter fever reducers (ibuprofen or Tylenol) can be used, as well as getting plenty of rest and fluids.  Wear a face mask(available at the Wilcox Medical Center) if you need to leave and cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.  WASH HANDS OFTEN.

Feel free to call the Wilcox Medical Center at 989-463-7181 for advice on what to do if you are sick.  It is never too late to get your flu vaccination.

Story published on February 07, 2018