Information about Seasonal Flu

What are the symptoms of Flu?
The symptoms consist most commonly of sudden onset of fever, body aches, dry cough and sore throat. It is different from a "stomach bug" which usually consists of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea; and from the common cold which is usually milder and does not come on as quickly.


Report your Influenza-Like Illness and Missed Classes

We are encouraging Brown students who are ill with influenza-like illness (ILI) to report their missed class time and needs for assistance on the FLU WEB. Log into this website and answer some questions which will enable us to know that you are ill with influenza-like symptoms, that you are being cared for, and what needs you have. The information you give will also allow us to confirm for faculty missed class time due to influenza illness. Please note no medical information reported to Health Services is accessible from this reporting website.

You will receive a follow-up phone call from a staff member in Campus Life or the Dean of the College office, so please be sure to provide a phone number where we can reach you. If you get significantly worse before you receive a return phone call, please call Health Services at 863-1330.

Call EMS (Emergency Medical Services) @ 401-863-4111 if you have (or your roommate/friend has):

  • Pain in your chest;
  • Difficulty breathing;
  • Confusion or decreased awareness.

Call Health Services @ 401-863-1330 IMMEDIATELY if you have:

  • Severe headache;
  • Rash;
  • Stiff neck.

Call Health Services @ 401-863-1330 TODAY if you have:

  • Were feeling better for 24 hours but now feel ill again (especially if you currently have fever or cough);
  • Have bloody or rust-colored mucous;
  • Have severe sore throat;
  • Are unable to keep fluids down (i.e., you are vomiting back up anything you drink);
  • Have any other condition that concerns you;
  • Have a chronic medical condition, or are pregnant or nursing, and have not already talked with a University Health Services provider. (Chronic medical conditions include significant asthma or other respiratory illness, significant chronic cardiovascular, liver, blood, neurologic disease or diabetes, HIV, or taking immunosuppressive drugs).

Seasonal Flu (including H1N1) Patient Education Information

Guidelines for Sick Patients

Guidelines for Living with a Sick Patient

Letter from Dr. Wheeler, Medical Director of Health Services (9/4/2009)


Contact Health Services at 401-863-1330 for questions and medical advice.