Influenza Strikes Ferris

Birkam announces influenza increase

by Published: Jan 17, 2013

Birkam Health Center announced in a cam­pus wide notice tonight that Ferris is expe­ri­enc­ing an increase of influenza illness.

If an indi­vid­ual becomes ill with influenza, Cande Price, RN and Clinic Coordinator, said the indi­vid­ual will expe­ri­ence a fever and res­pi­ra­tory symp­toms that will last sev­eral days.

To keep from spread­ing the ill­ness, Price advised sick stu­dents to stay in their room or home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone and keep away from oth­ers. Other home care rec­om­men­da­tions in Price’s email include drink­ing plenty of clear flu­ids and fre­quent hand washing.

According to Price, indi­vid­u­als should seek emer­gency med­ical atten­tion if they exhibit dif­fi­culty breath­ing, pain or pres­sure in the chest/abdomen, sud­den dizzi­ness, con­fu­sion or severe vom­it­ing. In addi­tion, if the flu-like symp­toms seem to be improv­ing but then return with a fever and wors­ened cough, she strongly advised seek­ing med­ical attention.

Students expe­ri­enc­ing abnor­mal influenza side effects can con­tact Birkam at 231−591−2614. The health cen­ter is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.