• Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Muscle/joint aches
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting/diarrhea (sometimes)



These symptoms could indicate a serious complication. Seek medical care as soon as possible if any of these symptoms occur:

  • Fever over 102°F (39°C) that does not come down below 100°F (38°C) with fever reducing medicine
  • Severe headache
  • Stiff neck - unable to touch your chin to your chest
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Rash
  • Severe cough not helped by cough medicine
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Vomiting that prevents keeping down Gatorade, 7-Up, sweetened tea
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Students can call  SHP Medical Services at 406-994-2311 to schedule an acute care appointment. After hours, call SHP Medical Services at 406-994-2311 to connect to the after-hours nurse advice line or visit an Urgent Care Clinic or the Bozeman Health Deaconness Hospital ER. 


People at risk for complications of influenza include (CDC-2012):

  • Persons of any age with the following conditions:
    • Chronic lung (including asthma), heart, kidney, liver, blood disorders (including sickle cell disease), neurologic, neuromuscular, or metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus)
    • Impaired immune system, including that caused by medications like prednisone, or by HIV
    • Pregnant women
  • Persons younger than 19 years of age who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy
  • Children younger than 5 years old, and particularly younger than 2 years old
  • Adults 65 years of age and older
  • Residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities
  • American Indians/Alaska Natives
  • Persons who are morbidly obese (BMI ≥ 40)

If you become sick with the flu and belong to one of these groups, students should call SHP Medical Services at 406-994-2311 to schedule an acute care appointment for further evaluation.