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Stay Healthy; Flu Information

Symptoms

  • 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.

Self-Care

  • 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.

Prevention

  • 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.

Vaccinations

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

Resources

 

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