University Health Services reports more flu-like symptoms

The flu season has arrived at Penn State. University Health Services (UHS), reported that the number of students with flu-like symptoms has increased in recent weeks.

The risk of contracting the flu is high in a university environment where contact with many individuals is inevitable. Proper nutrition, adequate rest and frequent hand-washing can help prevent illness due to influenza and other infectious disease. Proper disposal of facial tissues, and covering the mouth and nose when sneezing can also decrease the chance of infection. Sharing personal items, such as toothbrushes or drinks, can spread influenza and should be avoided.

Immunization against the flu can also lessen the chances of infection. Students who have not yet received the flu vaccine can receive one now by calling University Health Services at (814) 863-0774 or scheduling an appointment online through the UHS website at www.studentaffairs.psu.edu/health.

Most cases of symptomatic flu are mild and last only a few days, but full recovery can take two to four weeks. While weakened by the flu, susceptibility to viral or bacterial pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus trouble or ear infections is increased. Frequently, these secondary infections are more severe than the original flu and may require additional treatment. Any new, prolonged, or more severe symptoms should be reported to a health care professional.

For additional information about avoiding the flu this season, visit the UHS website at www.sa.psu.edu/uhs or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/flu. Additional information and resources on good hand hygiene are available at www.sa.psu.edu/uhs/ohpe/handwashing.cfm.

 

 

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Last Updated December 18, 2012