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Flu Information

Cold or Flu

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines the flu and the common cold are both respiratory illness that are caused by different viruses. They have similar symptoms but the flu is worse than the common cold.

Flu is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death.

Flu and the common cold have similar symptoms. It can be difficult to tell the difference between them.

Cold or Flu?
Fever Rare Usual High (100°F-102°F)
Headache Rare Common
General Aches, Pain Slight Usual, often severe
Fatigue, Weakness Sometimes Usual, up to 2-3 weeks
Extreme Exhaustion Never Usual at beginning
Stuffy Nose Common Sometimes
Sneezing Usual Sometimes
Sore Throat  Common Sometimes
Chest Discomfort Mild to Moderate Common, can be severe
Cough Hacking Cough Rare


1. Get a flu vaccine. Take time to get a yearly flu vaccine. It is the first and the most important step in fighting against flu viruses.

2. Everyday preventative actions:

  • Cover your cough. Use tissue or cough into upper arm sleeve to cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Discard the used tissue in the trash immediately and wash your hands. 
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand rub.
  • Frequently clean your living quarters and high touch surfaces with cleaning products that have alcohol-based cleaners, Lysol or Bleach based cleaners.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people at least 3-6 feet distance.

What to do if you get the flu

FIVE Steps to take if you Get the Flu

  1. Stay at home and Rest. 
  2. Avoid close contact with well people. 
  3. Drink plenty of water and other clear liquids to prevent fluid loss (dehydration). 
  4. Treat Fever and cough with medicines you can buy over the counter medication. 
  5. If you get very sick or are pregnant or have a medical condition that puts you at higher risk of flu complications (like asthma…) call your doctor. You might need antiviral medicine to treat flu. CDC Flu Information

Being informed

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, EAST BAY will keep the campus community informed on any issues related to seasonal flu or any contagious break out.
Fight the Flu – Protect yourself, protect others by getting the flu vaccine every year.
Student Health and Counseling Services operation hours: Mon. – Tues. and Wed. – Fri. 8:30-5:00 PM, and Thurs. 10:00 - 5:00PM
Walk In or Call for appointment 510 885-3735

Helpful information you might want to know

Two important things that can either keep you healthy or make you very sick. They are your hands! There is good news and bad news.
The good news is, that proper thorough hand washing can help you remain healthy and good hand washing is easy to do.
The bad news is that people don’t wash their hands or don’t do it well enough to make a difference.
Three components: SOAP + WARM RUNNING WATER + FRICTION If soap and water are not available using hand sanitizers is an excellent method for hand hygiene and can be an alternative to soap and water. Alcohol based sanitizers kill 99.9 percent of the most common germs, they work in seconds and without water.
  • It is better to be safe—not sorry
  • Be safe: wash your hands for 20 seconds or use alcohol wipes
  • Or Be Sorry: you might get very sick

Questions regarding the H7N9 Virus (Avian Influenza A Virus)

Go to CDC Flu Information


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  3. CDC
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