Staying Healthy During Flu Season

February 07, 2019

Iowa, along with the rest of the United States, is experiencing increased flu activity. Help us take steps to prevent the spread of flu at Grinnell College. 

We encourage each of you to seek treatment as soon as you become symptomatic. Don't delay in being seen as antiviral medications may be prescribed if diagnosed early enough. Taking time for your own personal wellness is important and encouraged. 

We ask you to stay home until a nurse or physician has cleared you to return to class and normal activities. If you do need to go out, always wear a surgical mask to protect others.

Tips to minimizing exposure 

  • Stay home if sick. This means do not go to class or any practices or rehearsals.
  • Stay away from sick people. 
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. 
  • Don't share linens, eating utensils, and dishes belonging to those who are sick without washing thoroughly first. Eating utensils can be washed either in a dishwasher or by hand with water and soap and do not need to be cleaned separately. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces like cell phones, pens, door knobs, etc. 

What are the symptoms? 

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

*It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.


The CDC has information about the flu  and this year's flu season. Please feel free to reach out to Student Health and Wellness for any additional questions or concerns.

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