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The Flu

Flu FAQs

Each of us plays a critical role in keeping our campus safe and healthy. Students and employees are encouraged to use these FAQs and other resources on the Student Health, Wellness, and Counseling Center (SHWCC) web site to learn how to prevent the spread of the influenza virus, what to do if you are ill, and who to contact for assistance.

If you have questions not addressed by these FAQs, please email questions to shlt@linfield.edu or contact the SHWCC at 503-883-2535 or your personal health care provider.

1.  How can I prevent the spread of influenza?

The best prevention for all types of influenza is to receive influenza immunizations (see “Immunizations” below).  In addition, adopt these effective preventative measures:

  • Wash hands frequently, especially after coughing or sneezing.  Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and warm water are unavailable.
  • Sanitize hard surfaces such as tables, desks, and door knobs frequently. You can use household disinfecting wipes or spray disinfectants that kill bacteria and viruses.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve, not your hands.
  • Practice social distancing by avoiding large groups and contact with people who are ill.
  • Stay home when you are ill – protecting others and taking care of yourself. Contact your professors to coordinate missed work.
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

2.  Should I get immunized?

Yes, the best prevention of influenza is to receive influenza immunizations. 

Influenza immunizations are available from the SHWCC on the McMinnville campus, and from your personal health care provider or local urgent care clinic.  Immunizations are available to students, faculty and staff, and dependents ages 18 and older.  

3.  How can I tell if I have influenza?

Symptoms of the influenza virus include a sudden onset of fever or chills AND a cough or sore throat.  Symptoms may also include a runny nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, diarrhea, or vomiting.

4.  Where can I go if I think I might have influenza?

  • Please contact the SHWCC at 503-883-2535 in Walker 104, Monday-Friday, 9 AM to noon, and 12:30 PM to 3 PM.
  • After hours, students may contact the Physicians Medical Center at 503-472-6161, or
  • McMinnville Immediate Care at 503-435-1077, or
  • Willamette Valley Medical Center (hospital) at 503-472-6131.

5.  What should I do if I get sick with influenza?

Ill students are advised to stay home (or in their residence hall rooms) for at least 24 hours after the fever subsides (without use of fever-reducing medicine).  Individuals who are ill with influenza should not leave their homes or residence hall rooms except to get medical care. Students with a fever should not return to classes or public areas until their temperature has returned to near normal for at least 24 hours.  Do seek medical attention if your condition worsens. Notify your health care provider or SHWCC at 503-883-2535 early in the course of the illness.  There are antiviral medications which may help, but need to be started within two days of developing symptoms.

Avoid Contact with Others

If you do leave your house or residence hall room while you are contagious in order to obtain medical care, it is advisable to wear a facemask to prevent the spread of the virus.  Facemasks are available to students from their Resident Advisors.  In general, you should avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness, especially to people at increased risk of severe illness from influenza.

Protect Yourself and Your Community

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
  • Use alcohol-based hand cleaners if soap and water are unavailable. (It’s effective, but not as effective as hand-washing.)
  • If you are sick and share a common space with others, wear a facemask.  Facemasks are available to students from their Resident Advisors

6.  Who should I contact if I have been diagnosed with influenza?

  • Please contact the SHWCC at 503-883-2535, even if you go to a health care provider off-campus. Contacting the SHWCC will help us monitor the flu on campus.
  • Please contact your professors and coaches to notify them IF YOU ARE diagnosed with the flu and will miss classes, practices, or games.  
  • Notify your RA if you live on college housing via e-mail or phone.  

7.  What should I do if my roommate has influenza?
Contact your Resident Advisor to get disinfectant materials to reduce germs in your room.  It is important to disinfect shared surfaces often, such as computers, tables, and door knobs.  Continue to practice preventative actions such as washing your hands frequently and proper cough etiquette (coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your sleeve, not your hands).  Roommates should consider wearing a mask when around the ill person.  Roommates should call the SHWCC at 503-883-2535 or their primary care provider, to be evaluated for preventive medication.

8.  What College services are provided to students who have influenza or a flu-like illness?

The SHWCC can evaluate, test and prescribe medications and give appropriate self-care information to students with flu symptoms.  The SHWCC has a supply of facemasks to help prevent the spread of germs.

Disinfectant supplies such as spray cleaner and hand sanitizer are available on campus. Students in residence halls can ask their Resident Advisor for cleaning materials for their rooms.   RAs also have Care Kits for students who have influenza or flu-like symptoms. Contact your RA for a care kit.

Food service will be available for on-campus students who are sick with the flu.  If you are self-isolating, contact your RA or AD via e-mail or phone.  Then, designate a roommate or other person that can pick up a one-day meal pack at Dillin and bring it back to you in your room. Be prepared to give them your name, ID number, and any dietary restrictions.  Dining Services will make meal packets good for one day.

Disclaimer: This site provides general educational information on health topics and about health services for Linfield Students. Its contents are not intended to diagnose, treat, or provide a second opinion on any health problem or disease. See your health care practitioner for specific medical assistance.