Rowdy getting a flu shot.

2017-2018 Influenza Information

Flu Shot

Think You Have The Flu?

 If a student does contract the flu, we strongly recommend the following:

  • Go home if possible
  • Stay out of class until fever free (< 100◦F) for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine.
  • Consult with your health-care provider if you have any underlying chronic respiratory, cardiac or neurological conditions that might cause complications.
  • Notify all professors via email about absence.
  • If possible, try to keep up with academic work by reading assignments and accessing lecture capture if available via computer.
  • Students will not need a note excusing their absence.
  • For detailed information on how to care for yourself please read: “Flu: What You Can Do; Caring for People at Home” (pdf).

 Residential students remaining on campus who are ill should:

  • Self-isolate in their room, avoiding all common areas, especially the dining hall.
  • Either you or a friend can pick up a to-go meal from our dining halls.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated and get plenty of rest.
  • Wear a mask when using shared bathrooms. Supplies are available in each residence.
  • Keep in frequent contact with family.

 Call Emergency Medical Services at 978-934-2911 for any serious symptoms, including:

  • Rapid heart rate
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever greater than 104◦F that cannot be reduced with by fever-reducing medicines
  • Sudden dizziness or confusion
  • Severe chest or abdominal pain

With a strong community effort we hope to have a healthy start to the semester.

Rowdy gives a thumbs up while getting his flu shot.

More Information

For more information about the national flu incidence please consult the Centers for Disease Control website or contact UMass Lowell Health Services.

You can also read this Flu & You pamphlet (pdf) and learn more about the flu (influenza).