So you have flu symptoms: Here’s what to do

No one wants to get sick, but if you are exposed to someone with the flu or you suspect you have the flu, it’s important to keep a few things in mind:

Do not come to work if you have a fever, or have a fever with any of the following symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Feeling tired
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Body aches

If you are tested by a healthcare provider, and it is confirmed that you have the flu:

  • You cannot return to work until your fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
  • Employees who received an antiviral medicine will have the same work restrictions.

What should you do if you’ve been exposed to influenza at work?

If you did NOT get a flu vaccine:

  • Notify Hospital Epidemiology at pager 3158 within 48 hours of exposure, and you may be referred to the University Employee Health Clinic.
  • You may be given a prescription for an antiviral drug, such as Tamiflu*.

If you received the flu vaccine:

  • Even if you received the flu vaccine, you can still get the flu, but your symptoms may be milder. Be sure to monitor your health, and:
    • If you are pregnant or immunocompromised and were exposed to the flu at work, notify Hospital Epidemiology at pager 3158 within 48 hours of exposure.
      • You will be asked to contact your personal healthcare provider and
      • An antiviral drug, such as Tamiflu*, may be prescribed.

*Note: Tamiflu is most effective if started within 48 hours of exposure.

If you have any concerns about the flu, it’s always a good idea to talk with your primary care provider.

We continue to see elevated influenza activity in Iowa.

More information is available in the flu reports from the Iowa Department of Public Health.