Flu shots, Tamiflu recommended by health officials as flu season continues

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The spread of the flu continues through the winter months, and health officials at Penn State strongly recommend the antiviral medication Tamiflu for those at high risk for flu complications. Tamiflu is available at the University Health Services Pharmacy on the University Park campus. At this time, UHS is able to meet the demand for services for students who are diagnosed with the flu.

Students are especially at risk for respiratory illnesses because of constant exposure through common living spaces, classrooms, shared restrooms and social activities.

Stay healthy during flu season

During cold and flu season, students should be exceptionally mindful of their personal health and hygiene routines. Following the tips below may limit the spread of germs and prevent illness on campus.

— Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; use your upper sleeve to cover your cough, not your hand.

— Wash hands frequently and efficiently. Students should wash hands with warm water and soap for 15-20 seconds (two rounds of the “Happy Birthday” song). When unable to wash with soap and water students should use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

— Avoid sharing food and drinks, engaging in drinking games, or participating in other activities that may result in saliva exposure.

— Stay home from school or work when you are sick to rest and limit the spread of illness to others.

Further information about flu symptoms, prevention and treatment can be found on the University Health Services website.

Flu vaccine still available

An annual flu vaccine is the first and most important step in preventing flu viruses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Students at University Park can receive the 2017-18 flu vaccine by scheduling an appointment with UHS, or asking their health care provider about the vaccine during any regularly scheduled appointment.

Students at Commonwealth Campus locations are encouraged to contact their campus health authority (if applicable) or local care provider about vaccine options in their area.

Last Updated January 19, 2018