Self-Care

If you believe you have a strain of the Influenza Virus:

Isolate Yourself. Students with flu like symptoms are encouraged to go home if they live in close proximity to the university or self-isolate in their room or apartment if they cannot go home.

Monitor temperature. A fever can be dehydrating, so drink plenty of fluids.
Treat symptoms with Tylenol (acetaminophen) for aches and pains (no aspirin/Excedrin); throat lozenges and decongestants. Treatment with antiviral medications is recommended only for those in the high risk group. Antibiotics are not effective as the flu is caused by a virus.

Clean hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub often, especially after using tissues and after coughing or sneezing.

 Cover coughs and sneezes with proper respiratory etiquette (tissue or into your elbow/shoulder - not into your hands). Dispose of tissue in the trash and immediately wash your hands.

 Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of clear fluids such as water, broth, sports drinks, or electrolyte beverages. Fevers, vomiting and diarrhea make one very susceptible to dehydration. If you feel nauseated, take small sips of liquids every 20 minutes or so, rather than trying to drink a large amount all at once.

 Get plenty of rest.

 Enlist the help of others.

    • If you are on the University meal plan, residence life staff or friends can work with you and dining services to deliver sick trays. Simply call 419.289.5762.
    • Ask a friend to deliver drinks and other supplies as needed
    • Communicate with faculty regarding your absence and to make up missed work. Faculty have been encouraged to be flexible with attendance policies and work closely with students to complete requirements.

Contact a health care provider.

  • Students: call the Student Health Center at 419.289.5200
  • Faculty/staff: call your personal health care provider

Get medical attention right away under the following conditions:

  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Difficulty breathing or short of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting

Contact Us

Student Health Center

Hawkins Conard Student Center
401 College Avenue
Ashland, Ohi0 44805

Jody Usher
Registered Nurse
jusher@ashland.edu

Amity Arnold
Physician's Assistant
aarnold7@ashland.edu

Tina Oswalt
Administrative Assistant
toswalt@ashland.edu

Office: 419.289.5200

Monday-Friday
9:30 a.m.-noon  & 1-5 p.m.
Closed for lunch

Closed Saturday-Sunday
& during the Summer