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Stay Healthy; Flu Information


  • Fever, cough, and/or sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Body aches
  • Headaches
  • Chills/Fatigue
  • Occasional vomiting/diarrhea
  • It's important to know that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

Not everyone who has flu symptoms needs to go to the doctor or Health Services.

Visit the virtual doctor.


  • Go home to recover.
  • Rest, drink plenty of clear fluids like water, broth, sports drinks, or electrolyte beverages to prevent dehydration.
  • Use pain and fever reducers, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen, for body aches and fever.
  • Stay home until 24 hours after your temperature returns to normal.
  • Wash your hands frequently.


  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then immediately dispose of the tissue in the trash. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm or shoulder.
  • WASH YOUR HANDS often, using soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Use alcohol-based hand cleaners only when soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread easily and rapidly this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading the flu to others.


It’s highly recommended that you receive the seasonal flu vaccine which protects against the following three viruses:
H1N1-A  /  H3N2-A  /  Influenza B.

When to seek emergency medical attention

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Purple or blue discoloration of the lips
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worsening cough



To schedule an appointment, call 724-773-3959 or 724-773-3951.

Barbara Kugel, R.N., B.S.N., C.D.E.,C.S.N.
104 Ross Administration Building 724-773-3955 bxk31@psu.edu