Flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. between December and February. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May.  The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease.  As long as flu viruses are circulating in the community, it’s not too late to get vaccinated.  The University of Pittsburgh encourages all members of the University community to be proactive in preventing the spread of the flu. 

The University’s Public Safety Department, in conjunction with UPMC Health Plan, offers ways in which individuals can protect themselves, and others, against the flu.  In addition, please visit the CDC's website, for comprehensive information on the prevention and symptoms of the seasonal flu, including detailed information on the flu vaccine:

Influenza (Seasonal)

What students need to know:

Commonly Reported:

  • Cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue, muscle aches, and headache

Emergency Symptoms, Seek Medical Care:

  • High, prolonged fever greater than 102*F with fatigue/body aches
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Confusion/disorientation
  • Fainting or feeling like you are about to faint
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Severe pain/pressure in the face/forehead
  • Symptoms that last for or greater than 10 days or get worse
  • Very swollen glands in the neck or jaw
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough, which could be a sign of pneumonia

How to Prevent the Flu:

  • Get vaccinated
  • WASH YOUR HANDS often with soap and running water
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers when soap/water are not available
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth (portals of entry for germs)
  • Avoid contact with sick people
  • Eating healthy, exercising, adequate rest (boosts the immune system)

How to Prevent the Spread of the Flu to Others:

  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Dispose of used tissues
  • Stay home if you are sick

How to Manage the Flu:

  • Students with flu-like symptoms should self-isolate for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone (without the use of fever-reducing medicine) except to get medical care or other necessities*Self-care measures: Plenty of rest, fluids, and Over-the-Counter cold/flu medicine
  • Anti-viral, as prescribed by your doctor

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