The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness and, at times, can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year, especially if you have a chronic medical condition such as asthma or diabetes.
So far this semester, 17 of 31 students tested were positive for flu at the Health Service—of these, 12 have been in the last week.
People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:
Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by saliva/nasal secretions made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk. So, cover your mouth when you cough, wash your hands, use hand sanitizer, and clean off surfaces.
Complications can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.
Free flu shots are available at the Health Service to any and all IUP students, staff, faculty, and the general public. We highly encourage you to get vaccinated.
The Health Service will be very happy to answer any questions or concerns about the flu.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention can also provide key facts on protection against the flu.