So you have the flu: 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:

What happens if you have been exposed to influenza (flu)?

If you got the flu vaccine

  • You can still get the flu, but your symptoms may not be as bad. Monitor your health, and:
    • If you were exposed to the flu at work, notify Hospital Epidemiology at pager 3158 if you are pregnant or immunocompromised
      • You will be asked to contact your personal healthcare provider
        and
      • We may prescribe an antiviral drug, such as Tamiflu* for you. Tamiflu may be prescribed for employees exposed to the flu while at work.

If you did NOT get a flu vaccine

  • Notify Hospital Epidemiology at pager 3158, you may be referred to the University Employee Health Clinic.
  • You may be given a prescription for an antiviral drug, such as Tamiflu*. Tamiflu may be prescribed for employees exposed to the flu while at work.

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

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

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

If you are tested and it is confirmed that you have the flu:

  • You will be off work until your fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine.
  • Staff who received an antiviral medicine will have the same work restrictions.

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