Flu Season Information
What You Need To Know About Influenza at USC
Like most of the United States, we are experiencing influenza cases among USC students. The influenza we are seeing include both influenza A and B. Here are some important things you need to know:
Know what preventive measures to take:
- It’s not too late to get a flu shot.
- Practice good respiratory hygiene by covering your cough with your sleeve or disposable tissue.
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Know the signs of flu-sudden onset of chills and fever, and feeling very tired accompanied by sore throat, muscle or body aches, headaches, or nasal congestion.
Know when to seek medical care:
- Anyone with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease.
- Anyone with severe symptoms such as trouble breathing, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, difficulty eating or drinking, or confusion.
Know how influenza is diagnosed and treated:
- Influenza is typically diagnosed based on typical symptoms and the presence of an outbreak in the community. Commonly available rapid flu tests are no longer recommended due to their low sensitivity. This means that they will miss nearly 40% of cases. More sensitive tests are available but often take 2-3 days for results to become available.
- Anti-viral medications are available which can reduce the duration of symptoms if taken within the first 24-48 hours of symptoms. Anti-viral medications are strongly recommended for anyone who has chronic health problems such as diabetes or asthma.
Students can call (213) 740-9355 or go to usc.edu/myshr for an appointment. If the student takes classes on the HSC campus, they should contact (323) 442-5631.
Resources from the CDC: