Health & Counseling Services

Self-Assessment for Influenza

Do you think you may have the flu?

Take this quick self-assessment. If after reading through this self-assessment you believe you have the flu, follow the guidelines for follow-up and self-care and take a moment to fill out our voluntary flu tracking form. The college will use this information to help track the flu on campus and support people that are sick. Thanks.

  1. Do you have a fever of 100 degrees F (38C) or higher? Have you had night sweats and/or shaking chills?
    • If yes to at least one of these questions, continue to #2
    • If no to BOTH questions, go to #6
  2. Do you have a cough or sore throat?
    • If yes, continue to #3
    • If no to all of these symptoms, go to #6
  3. Did the illness come on suddenly (i.e. within a few hours)?
    • If yes, continue to #4
    • If no, go to #6
  4. Do you have any ongoing or chronic medical problems such as diabetes, asthma, kidney disease, other compromised immune system or are you pregnant?
    • If yes, go to #7
    • If no, continue on to #5
  5. Do you have a rash, neck pain, painful urination, shortness of breath, abdominal pain, severe or persistent vomiting, chest pain, sudden dizziness or confusion?
    • If no continue to question #7
    • If yes to ANY question on #5, and you are currently a student, please call The Health Center at 360-867-6200 for further assessment. If you are not a student, call your healthcare provider for further assessment.

  6. The illness may be Influenza or another respiratory or viral illness. Drink plenty of fluids, use ibuprofen or acetaminophen for fever and/or aches and rest. Monitor your temperature with a thermometer, or Tempa-Dots (available at self-care stations within RAD or with your RA). After you have been without fever for 24 hours (without any medication) you may return to normal activity. Flu Self-Care.
  7. There is a high likelihood that you have Influenza. If you answered yes to question #4 you are at an increased risk for a more serious infection. You should continue to monitor yourself and your temperature. Drink plenty of fluids, use ibuprofen or Tylenol for fever and/or aches and rest. After you have been without fever for 24 hours (without any medication) you may return to normal activity. For voluntary on-line reporting of your illness, fill out our flu tracking form. This will help us track movement of Influenza on our campus (and should only take a minute). Flu Self-Care. If you feel you need to be seen and are a current student, please call The Health Center at 360-867-6200.

If you still feel that you need to be seen by a Healthcare Provider, please call The Health Center at 360-867-6200.