FLU Info

CDC: Seasonal Flu

Please call the SHS at 610-328-8058 or visit the SHS if you have flu-like symptoms, have any concerns about your illness, or need to touch base with a nurse for follow-up care.

The Amercian College Health Association strongly recommends that all college students get the flu vaccine every year. This helps to protect not only the individual student, but also the wider college community against the spread of flu.

The cost to student for vaccination is $20.00, which can be charged directly to the student account.

If you have any questions regarding vaccine information, financial hardship, or schedule conflicts, please feel free to contact the health center at health@swarthmore.edu.

Why get vaccinated?

It's the right thing to do to protect yourself, your loved ones, and the entire community!

Our best wishes for a healthy and happy school year,
The Staff of Student Health Services

The pneumococcal vaccine has been recommended for those with chronic asthma or immune disorders, and other chronic health problems. We do not carry pneumococcal vaccine at the SHS (check with your PCP or retail health clinics).

Action Steps to Prevent and Manage Flu

Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Emergency Warning Signs
Seek immediate medical evaluation for any of the following symptoms:

Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, and severe or persistent vomiting. Other warning signs that are of concern: flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough, fever with a rash, or signs and symptoms of dehydration when not getting enough fluids (dry mouth, thirsty, urinating infrequently and in small, concerntrated amounts, nausea, lightheadedness).

  • Practice good hand hygiene [YouTubeVideo: CDC] by washing your hands often (for 20 seconds) with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers with about 60% alcohol are also effective.
  • 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 inner elbow or shoulder, not into your hands. Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes after touching commonly used areas until you have washed your hands. Avoid sharing computer keyboards and wash hands after using a shared computer.
  • Stay home or at your place of residence if you are sick, for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). Staying away from others while sick can prevent others from getting sick too. Ask a roommate, friend, or family member to check up on you and to bring you food and supplies if needed.
  • Students should call the health center for symptoms of flu-like illness: fever and/or fever-like symptoms of chills/sweats/flushed skin and cough, sore throat, body aches, fatigue, and possibly diarrhea and vomiting.
  • Student may wish to go home to recover if they live nearby. Avoid flying or public transportation if you have flu-like illness. Notify your professors, dean, and the SHS if you have the flu and are going to recover at home. 610-328-8058.

What to do if you have flu-like illness [PDF]

www.cdc.gov/travel

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