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CDC Public Health Advisory

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a public health advisory Dec. 27, 2017, about increased flu activity across the United States. Widespread activity has increased significantly over recent weeks with influenza A(H3N2) viruses predominating so far this season. In past years, multiple flu strains have circulated at Penn Stateís University Park campus; this year is no exception.

What is influenza? What are the symptoms?

Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. A person with the flu may transmit the virus 24 hours before symptoms even develop. Symptoms of the flu may include:

How can I prevent infection?

Despite concerns regarding this seasonís flu vaccine effectiveness against the H3N2 influenza virus, the CDC continues to recommend the flu vaccine as an important step in protecting against flu viruses and severe flu complications.

Flu viruses are primarily spread by respiratory droplets created when contagious individuals cough, sneeze, or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes.

Basic prevention methods are advised to limit the spread of flu viruses. To reduce infection the CDC suggests:

Treatment

Treatment of the flu typically requires rest and hydration. For some individuals, antiviral drugs are recommended to avoid further complications. If you suspect you have the flu, we encourage you to contact UHS or a health care provider in your area.

The flu vaccine at Penn State

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. Flu vaccine clinics are held annually during the fall semester. 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.

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