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Flu Season Information and Tips

Updated Fall 2015 

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Flu season is almost here and Student Health would like to make available some information and a few suggestions. Each flu season is unpredictable and varies in timing, severity, and length. Flu season traditionally begins in October, peaks in January and February and can end as late as April/May. 

Flu symptoms can present as the following:  

  • Fever/chills
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Cough
  • Runny/stuffy nose
  • Sore throat 

Suggestions on how to prepare for flu season: 

  1. Get a flu vaccine (you cannot get the flu from a flu shot) 
  2. Avoid direct contact with people who are sick
  3. Wash your hands frequently and disinfect surfaces that may be contaminated
  4. Avoid touching your face, mouth, nose, eyes as much as possible 
  5. Keep your immune system strong by getting enough sleep, and eating a health diet 

Flu Shots

Flu Shots are available at Student Health at the Penn State Hershey Medical office on Continental Drive, or at local pharmacies in the Elizabethtown Area. 

The cost at Student Health is $20 and can be placed on your student ID as a charge, a receipt for insurance will be available. Please contact the College Health Liaison, Eileen Wagener RN by phone or email to schedule an appointment. 

Eileen Wagener, RN
College Health Liaison

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 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.

The Student Wellness website lists other local sites for urgent care in the area, including area hospitals.

Best wishes for a healthy year!

Eileen Wagener RN
College Health Liaison
Phone: 717-489-1021

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