Flu Prevention and Care
The Center for Disease Controls reports that influenza is now widespread in Pennsylvania and at a moderate activity level while our neighboring States of NY and NJ are a high activity level.
Symptoms may include: a fever higher than 100 degrees, a cough or sore throat, and body aches. Treatment is rest, plenty of fluids, and Tylenol. Limit interactions with other people except to seek medical care.
Those with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, cardiac conditions, and immune deficiencies should contact your Family Doctor or Student Health Center for an evaluation. Those with severe symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, confusion, rash, severe headache, dehydration due to inability to eat or drink, fever lasting more than 5 days or uncontrollable coughing should also contact your Family Doctor or Student Health Center (215-951-1565).
If possible you should go home until you have recovered and have not had a fever or signs of a fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of medicines. If going home is not possible, please limit your contact with others as much as possible, staying in your room except to use the bathroom or to seek medical care. Keep at least six feet away from others.
The Treetops Café and the Blue and Gold Dining Commons are able to provide boxed meals if needed. Get a form from your RA or Student Health for a “Sick Meal” and give a friend your ID card to charge your account for the “Sick Meal”.
Sneeze or cough into your elbow, not into your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing, and before eating. Alcohol based hand cleaners are also effective. Stay away from crowds; get plenty of rest, and eat well. It is still not too late to get a flu vaccine at your local pharmacy or family doctor’s office.
Additional information is available at www.cdc.gov/flu
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