Flu-like Symptoms Widespread

Flu and Influenza Like Illness (ILI) Widespread in Rhode Island

URI Health Services continues to see many cases of Flu and Flu Like Illness (ILI).

Reduce your risks of acquiring the flu by washing your hands and getting a flu shot. If you do get sick, you can take care of yourself with tips from the self-care guide and seeing a clinician at Health & Wellness.

Wash your hands.

The first step to prevent illness is to wash your hands with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and rub hands together until dry. Hand sanitizer is available inside the dining halls to use before filling your plate. Here are the guidelines from the CDC for when to wash your hands and how to do it properly.

Get a flu shot.

Flu shots are still available  by appointment at Health Services.  Please call 401-874-2246 between 8 am and 8 pm weekdays to schedule a vaccine appointment.  It is FREE!

Take care of yourself.

If you do get sick, it’s important to know what you can do for self-care.  Download the flu self-care guide.  

You should make an appointment if:

  • For a temperature of 101 or greater that lasts longer than 4 days
  • Any symptoms lasting more than 5-7 days
  • If you are experiencing a severe headache, rash or stiff neck
  • Anytime you are concerned about your symptoms
  • If you have questions

Appointments can be made by phone, 401-874-2246 or at the front desk at Health Services. 

You should seek IMMEDIATE medical care if you have any of the following:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Recurring dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve, but then return with fever or worsening cough