Health Advisory - Influenza (Flu)

The RI Department of Health is reporting widespread flu in the state.

  • Be vigilant about handwashing
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick
  • Get a seasonal flu vaccine

Influenza (Flu) Symptoms:

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

  • Fever (100 degrees 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)

If diagnosed with influenza, students should:

  • Make arrangements to stay home until free of fever for 24 hours
  • Get extra rest, good nutrition, and lots of fluids (water, juice, PowerAde and Gatorade are best)
  • Email professors to let them know you will be out of class


The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and RI Department of Health 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 greater) without the use of fever reducing medications. If you have a pre-existing health condition, such as chronic respiratory issues (like asthma), diabetes, a heart condition, or immunosuppression, call your primary care provider. Antiviral medications are available by prescription.

​The CDC has published additional information online about the flu and antiviral drug treatment.

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 if flu-like symptoms improve but then return with high fever and worse cough, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Last Updated: 1/29/18