• 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 may come to SHP Medical Services for care.  After hours, go to the Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital Emergency Room (585-1000).


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 come to SHP Medical Services during clinic hours for further evaluation.