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Influenza Resources

As the flu season arrives, students, faculty, and staff may want to take note of these helpful resources. Keep them on hand for yourself. Share them with friends and family.


Flu Kits for Students

  • Disposable thermometer
  • Acetominophen (Tylenol)
  • Ibuprofen (Advil)
  • Gatorade, or similar fluid (not diet)
  • Clear soda (not diet)
  • Chicken soup or broth, or soup of choice
  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Clorox, or similar wipes for cleaning surfaces



What Should I Eat If I'm Sick With the Flu?

Make sure you drink 12 ounces of fluid per hour while you are awake.

If you're nauseated or vomiting, drink clear liquids for 24 hours such as the following:

  • Gatorade or similar fluid
  • Clear soda (sprite, ginger ale, 7-UP etc.)
  • Jello
  • Clear juice like apple (no citrus juice)
  • Chicken or beef broth
  • Tea

If you have no nausea or vomiting, add these items to the fluids above choices:

  • Boiled or poached egg
  • Soups
  • Rice
  • Potatoes
  • Cooked oatmeal or Cream of Wheat
  • Plain, non-grainy breads
  • Bananas

But avoid these foods:

  • Milk or milk products
  • Butter, oils, fats
  • Fried foods
  • Coffee, cola, cocoa
  • Citrus juice
  • Spicy foods

Eat small amounts at more frequent intervals: Don’t overeat!



Updated 09/14/09



Helpful Links


SPU Community Communications

To Faculty, Staff, and Students 10-30-09

To Residential Students 09-11-09

To Commuter Students, 09-11-09

To Graduate Students, 09-11-09

To Parents, 09-09-09

Spring 2009 Archives



What Can I Do?

Preventing the Flu

Flu Kits for Students

Flu Treatment

What Should I Eat When I Have the Flu?

Guidance for Travelers

Taking Care of a Sick Person

Masks and Respirator Use

How Are You Feeling? A Student’s Guide (PDF)

Managing Your Anxiety About H1N1

Control of Pandemic Flu Virus on Environmental Surfaces in Homes and Public Places (PDF)


Helpful Links

General Information about H1N1

Washington Department of Health

CDC Key Facts


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