OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Infectious Diseases

Oregon State University places high priority on preventing the spread of infectious diseases such as influenza, HPVmeningitis, MRSA, norovirus, pertussis and scabies. To promote the health and well-being of the campus community, Student Health Services offers preventive information on these diseases, as well as supplying any immunizations that are available for specific diseases.

Immunization Schedules

Following are the recommended immunization schedules for adults and adolescents. These schedules are approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/acip/index.html).

For timely, accurate, and proven information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent, visit the Immunization Action Coalition website.

Is It a Cold or the Flu?

Different viruses cause the cold and flu. The two sicknesses share symptoms, but flu is more severe.

  • Cold – runny nose, mild aches, mild cough, sore throat, may have a low fever.
  • Flu – fever is usually 101 degrees or higher, more severe aches, headache, mild runny nose.
SYMPTOM COLD FLU
Fever Rare High fever
Headache Rare Prominent
General aches and pains Slight Usual, often intense
Fatigue and weakness Very mild Common. can last 2–3 weeks
Extreme exhaustion Never Early and prominent
Stuffy nose Common Sometimes
Sneezing Common Sometimes
Sore throat Common Sometimes
Chest discomfort, cough Mild Common, can get severe
Sputum Common Rare

Posters to Download and Print

Additional "Cover Your Cough" posters in various languages are available at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/covercough.htm.