Feeling Sick
What do I do if I get sick?
 
If you become ill with influenza-like symptoms, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people to avoid spreading your illness to others. This means stay out of class, do not go to work, and avoid public and social gatherings such as games, parties and group activities. You can return to regular activities when you feel better and have not had a fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines. Please read the description of mild vs. severe symptoms below to help determine the best course of action.
 
Mild flu-like symptoms include:
  • Runny nose or nasal stuffiness
  • Low-grade fever for less than three days
  • Mild headache
  • Body aches
  • Mild stomach upset

If you are sick with mild flu-like symptoms, medical attention is not typically required, meaning that there is no need to make a doctor’s appointment or come to the clinic for evaluation.

Serious flu-like symptoms include:
  • Fever over 100° F with chills for three days or more with no improvement with fever reducing medication
  • Rapidly worsening illness
  • Person is unresponsive and unable to get out of bed
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Severe cough
  • Severe sore throat to the point of not being able to swallow fluids

If you are experiencing any of the more serious symptoms listed above, call The Ashe Center at (310) 825-4073 to make an appointment; NurseLine is available to all registered UCLA students when The Ashe Center is closed by calling (877) 351-3457.

If you have a new onset of cough and fever and are well enough to stay home, you should remain home for seven days to lessen the chance of giving the illness to another person.