Winter vomiting illnesses (gastroenteritis) are a common occurrence during the colder months of the year. You can help prevent the spread of illness and keep our campus healthy by reading the following tips.
What is gastroenteritis?
Viral gastroenteritis is an infection that can cause diarrhea and vomiting. People can get an infection if they touch an infected surface or person or eat foods and drinks with the virus on them. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, fever, headache, cramping, and loss of appetite.
What you can do to keep yourself and others healthy
- Wash your hands thoroughly for 15-20 seconds after using the bathroom and before eating.
- Don't eat or drink foods or liquids that might be contaminated. Don't share drinks or food with others.
- Use hand sanitizer if you can't get to a sink.
What you can do if you do get sick
- Stay hydrated with clear fluids. Suck on ice chips or frozen fruit popsicles, take small sips of water, weak tea, ginger ale, non-caffeinated sports drinks, or soup broth.
- When you are ready to eat again, start with easily digested foods, such as Jell-O or soda crackers, cereal, dry toast, or canned fruits.
- Stay at home until you are well again or at least until 48 hours after your symptoms clear up.
- See Health Services or your family physician if you are unable to drink anything for many hours, your vomiting lasts more than two days, you become dehydrated, or your vomit contains noticeable blood.
If you need a medical appointment at Health Services, please call 519-888-4096.
Sources: UpToDate Inc.