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Flu Season Information and Tips

Health Matters: A letter from the College Health Liaison about flu season

girl wrapped in blanket holding steaming tea cupJanuary 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 wagenere@etown.edu 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 
  • Cough
  • Body Aches /Headache  
  • Fatigue
  • 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.


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

Best wishes for a healthy semester!

Eileen Wagener RN
College Health Liaison
Phone: 717-489-1021
wagenere@etown.edu

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