Flu Update

Facts About The Flu 

Updated: February 21, 2020

Dear Westfield State University Community,

This is just a friendly reminder that flu activity remains HIGH in the U.S. and is expected to continue for several more weeks. With that in mind, we recommend the following:

Get your flu vaccine if you have not done so already. 

The best way to prevent seasonal flu and its potentially serious complications is to get vaccinated every year. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine each season. To find flu clinics near you, please go to:  https://vaccinefinder.org/

Practice good health habits to help stop the spread of germs, including:

Avoiding close contact.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

Staying home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.

Covering your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

Cleaning your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

Practicing other good health habits.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

Know what to do if you get sick. Common signs and symptoms of the flu include:
  • fever or feeling feverish/having chills
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • muscle or body aches
  • headaches
  • fatigue (tiredness)
  • vomiting/diarrhea (more common in children than adults).

Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. You should not return to classes or work until you have been without a fever for 24 hours.

If, however, you have symptoms of flu and are in a high risk group (for example, people with asthma, diabetes, heart disease, or other chronic health conditions), or are very sick or worried about your illness, please contact your health care provider (doctor, physician assistant, etc.) or come to Health Services as soon as possible.

As always, please call Health Services with any questions or concerns at 413-572-5415. Thank you,

Lisa Brosnan, JD, DNP, FNP-BC