Seasonal Flu Information
CAN YOU AFFORD TO MISS 3-4 DAYS OF CLASSES DUE TO THE FLU?
Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses and spread through the air by coughing or sneezing. It can cause mild to severe illness and can lead to death. A $20 flu shot along with practicing good personal hygiene can minimize your risk of getting the flu. This year the flu vaccine contains protection against both the H1N1 and regular flu strains in a single shot.
Who should get a flu shot?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that every individual over the age of 6 months get vaccinated. Vaccination is strongly recommended for any students with a chronic health condition, especially those students with:
- Kidney, liver or neurological disease
- Immunosuppression from chemotherapy, AIDS, ongoing steroid therapy or daily aspirin therapy.
- Pregnancy during the flu season
Symptoms of the flu:
- Fever of more than 100 degrees
- Extreme fatigue
- Dry cough
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle aches
- Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
If you have any of these symptoms, seek medical attention by calling Perrella Health Center at 607-431-4120 (M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) for an appointment.
After hours go to:
- Fox Now walk-in healthcare open 7 days/week: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 607-431-5052
- Bassett Urgent Care open: M-F 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.: Weekends 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 607-433-6400
- Fox Hospital Emergency Department open 7days/24 hrs. 607-431-5000
Wash your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective and are at key locations on campus including the Commons, library and Binder Physical Education Center.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder not into your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth; germs are spread this way.
Frequently wipe shared surfaces in your residence hall or off-campus housing with a mild disinfectant.
Stay home if you have the flu or flu-like symptoms:
Those who become sick should remain at home for at least 24 hrs. after a fever or signs of a fever have subsided. This should be determined without the use of a fever-reducing medication (acetaminophen or ibuprofen-not aspirin).
Students should personally notify their professors regarding class absences.
Perrella Health Center encourages students to have their own self-care flu kits. The following items should be included in the kits:
- Digital thermometer
- Acetaminophen or ibuprofen (not aspirin)
- Cough drops
- Alcohol-based hand sanitizers
- Water, juice and electrolyte drinks such as Gatorade or Powerade
- Soup, crackers and other comfort foods
For the most up-to-date information on the flu visit the following website:
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at www.flu.gov
- U.S. Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm