Flu Season Information and Tips
Health Matters: A letter from the College Health Liaison about flu season
January 8, 2014
Dear Elizabethtown College Students:
With the arrival of the flu season, we're hopeful the following preventative measures will help prevent illness and/or the spread of the virus in our campus community.
How can I prevent getting the flu?
Get a flu shot. It is not too late to get the vaccine; flu season can last until April. It will take about two weeks after receiving the shot to be protected. Student Health has a limited number of flu shots left for students only. The cost is $17. Please call 717-489-1021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment. Local pharmacies and clinics may be able to offer the flu shot as well.
Other Prevention Tips:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching common surfaces such as door handles, railings, keyboards, etc.
- Avoid touching your face, mouth, nose, eyes as much as possible.
- Avoid contact with those that are sick. Keep your immune system strong by getting plenty of sleep and eating a well balanced diet.
What are the signs/symptoms of the flu?
- Fever / Chills
- Body Aches /Headache
- Sore throat
- Stuffy or runny nose
What should I do if I get the flu?
- Get plenty of rest
- Drink lots of fluids
- Take pain relievers/fever reducers such as Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen as directed.
- Students with the flu should stay home or in their dorm room and limit contact with others.
- Email your professor(s) as soon as possible and let them know you have the flu and will not be in class; those with flu-like symptoms should not return to class until they no longer have a fever (temperature less than 100.5) for at least 24 hours without using fever reducing medications.
TIP: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a fantastic website dedicated to influenza, including tracking maps, news and health and wellness resources.
What if I need medical attention?
Student Health, located at the Penn State Hershey Medical Group office, 1 Continental Drive, is available for students needing medical attention for acute symptoms, especially those with any underlying health problems or chronic health conditions. The number to call is 717-361-0666 or the College Health Liaison at 717-489-1021.
The nurse triage line is available for advice or questions after hours for all students please call Campus Security at 717-361-1264, during those times and ask to speak with the nurse, they will connect you.
For emergencies, please call Campus Security at 717-361-1111.
Best wishes for a healthy semester!
Eileen Wagener RN
College Health Liaison