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Influenza Information

Influenza (Flu) Symptoms:

The influenza illness can include any or all of the following symptoms:

  • Fever (100.4 or above) or feeling feverish/chills
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children than adults)

Students who are experiencing influenza-like symptoms should remain in their rooms, check their temperature, and contact the Student Health Center at 401-865-2422.  A staff member of Health Services will assist students in following the appropriate influenza protocol. After hours and on weekends, students should call campus EMS at 401-865-2888 for assistance.

For those with Influenza:

If diagnosed with influenza, students will be given a “Flu Bag” that will contain: masks, disposable thermometers, OTC medications to be used as needed to help with symptoms, and information about the flu with self-care measures.

If diagnosed with influenza, students should:

  • Make arrangements to go home or self-isolate in their room until fever free
  • Call health services daily and report fever and health status
  • Get extra rest, good nutrition, and lots of fluids (water, juice, PowerAde and Gatorade are best)
  • Notify RA for getting extra help in the residence halls
  • Email professors to let them know you will be out of class
  • Find a friend/roommate/RA/health services staff to utilize your ID card to purchase meals/food on your behalf in the dining halls
  • Inform their roommates if they have chronic health conditions such as respiratory issues, diabetes or immunosuppression, to call Health Services at 401-865-2422.

For students who choose to go home, please notify the Student Health Center at 401-865-2422 when you return to campus.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and RI DOH recommend that people with influenza-like illness remain at home/out of the classroom until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100), or signs of a fever, without the use of fever reducing medications.  If you have a pre-existing health condition, such as chronic respiratory issues, diabetes, or immunosuppression, call the Student Health Center immediately.

Emergency Warning:

If you develop a high fever, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea, confusion or flu-like symptoms improve but then return with high fever and worse cough, call and report these symptoms to health services at 401-865-2422 or dial campus emergency at 401-865-2222.