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Virus du Jour

Viral illnesses, both gastrointestinal and respiratory, can be prevalent on college campuses. The GI illness involves fatigue with nausea and vomiting for 12-24 hours, as well as diarrhea for several days. Fortunately, students recover quickly with rest, extra fluids and a bland diet for a few days.

With the respiratory virus, symptoms include sore throat, sinus congestion, runny nose, fever and fatigue, followed by coughing for 2-3 weeks. Given that most sinus infections and bronchitis are caused by viruses, antibiotics aren't going to make a difference, but we do have cold medicine and prescription cough medicine should the students need the extra help. In addition, we can give nebulizer treatments should these illnesses cause an asthma exacerbation. If you are concerned that your student may be developing a more serious infection, please encourage them to come to the on-campus clinic.

You might also make sure that they are getting enough sleep, as many students have been up late studying for mid terms, finishing papers, etc and are now coming in sick. Lack of sleep may also lead to a worsening of anxiety and depression. I cannot stress enough the importance of consistent adequate sleep.

Fortunately, influenza activity in Texas is still in the sporadic stage, but both Influenza A and B have been isolated, so it's only a matter of time before the flu hits the campus. Please have your student come in for a flu vaccine - it's free of charge if covered by insurance.

The clinic is open each afternoon from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. All insurance is accepted.

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