January 26, 2024

Flu Q&A

Take a moment to review this Q&A to learn about how to identify and reduce the spread of the flu.

What are common symptoms of the Influenza (flu) virus?

The flu typically presents with symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, fatigue/tiredness, and sometimes nausea or vomiting.

How can students prevent the spread of the flu on campus?

To prevent the spread of the flu, practice good hygiene habits such as frequent handwashing, using hand sanitizer, and avoiding close contact with individuals who are sick. Wearing a mask can help reduce the spread of flu on campus. If you are on campus, you can pick up a free mask at the Health Promotion and Wellness office (Fowler Center 110), Student Health Center (Fowler Center 160), and residence hall lobbies (Copeland, Holmes, Platt, Tamarack, and Akin).

Getting an annual flu vaccine is an effective way to protect yourself and others.

What should I do if I develop flu-like symptoms?

If you develop flu-like symptoms, please take steps to prevent further spread. Stay at home or in your dorm room when able and avoid contact with others until you’ve been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. It is important to stay hydrated, rest and seek medical advice if necessary. If you are sick and would like to be seen at the Student Health Center, you can call (503) 768-7165 to schedule an appointment.

How can I access food/meals while sick?

Students can have a friend/roommate bring them food in their dorm. In Fields Dining Hall, the proxy student will have to show the student’s ID card (either physical or photo) to pick up to-go food. At the Trail Room, all food can be ordered to go.

Students who are too sick to pick up a meal, and who are not able to make other arrangements for delivery of food, can contact Campus Safety dispatch, who will work to find a solution.


Thank you for continuing to do everything you can to keep our community healthy and vibrant. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact health@lclark.edu