ACTION STEPS TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF FLU
The Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 4 main ways you may keep from getting sick with the flu:
Recognize the symptom of the flu as abrupt onset of fever >/equal 100 deg. F. and achiness, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, headache, and/or vomiting and diarrhea.
Practice good hand and personal hygiene by washing your hands often with soap and water especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based cleansers are also effective. Frequently clean your living quarters. If you live together with other students, you should frequently clean commonly-used surfaces such as doorknobs, refrigerator handles, remote controls, computer keyboards, countertops, faucet handles, and bathroom areas.
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 in your hands.
Talk to a healthcare provider or contact the College Health Service if you are at higher risk for complications of flu. These are people with asthma, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, pregnancy, children under the age of 5, and other chronic diseases
The Self-Care Guide found on the Health Service website can help you monitor and manage your flu symptoms. Flu vaccine is still available at the Health Service. Updated information on influenza is available on www.cdc.gov or www.flu.gov. Below is a list of suggested Flu Kit items for you to prepare ahead in case you get the flu.
- Thermometer (digital preferred)
- Mask (available at the Health Service)
- Fever reducing medication (acetaminophen 500 mg./2 every 6hrs. or ibuprofen 600 mg. every 6 hrs. if needed for pain and fever)
- Alcohol based hand sanitizer
- Drinking fluids (Water, Gatorade, gingerale)
- Soup (chicken or beef broth)
- Disinfectant wipes or spray to clean surfaces
Students with influenza like illness can call to make an appointment at the Health Service at (717)337-6970 to report illness instead of walking into the Health Service without notice. This will help the Health Service minimize your waiting time in the office and thus decrease exposure to others in the waiting room to illness. After hours and weekends, the Wellspan Ready-Care (walk in) Clinic is available. It is located at the Gettysburg Hospital at 455 South Washington Street. DPS will be available for transport to Ready-Care.
Flu shots are available at the Health Service for students and employees - please call for an appointment-717-337-6970