Lebanon Valley College will open at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 22 due to inclement weather. This action means all daytime classes will operate on a modified schedule. The LVC Sports Center will open at 8 a.m.
Several sources were referenced to create the following information including the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, The World Health Organization, and The Pan American Health Organization.
What is Influenza (Also Called Flu)?
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. 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.
Symptoms of Flu
People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
Unsure whether it's the flu or just a common cold? Check out this chart and compare your symptoms.
|Fever||Common, often high||Not as common, often low-grade|
|Body ache||Common, often severe||Slight or mild|
|Fatigue, tiredness||Severe, sudden onset||Uncommon|
|Stuffy nose, sneezing||Sometimes||Common|
|Duration||6-10 days||2-4 days|
* Bold denotes the characteristic signs of flu
* Please note LVC Health Center doesn't screen for influenza, see your local urgent or express care center or family doctor for testing.
How Flu Spreads
Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with the flu 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 flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes, or nose.
Period of Contagiousness
You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Some people, especially children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others for an even longer time.
Preventing Seasonal Flu
Keep up Your Resistance
When Should I Seek Medical Help?
Information and Resources on the Web
For travelers going to these designated areas, (Florida and Gulf states, Mexico, South America, Caribbean Islands, Hawaii) be aware of the emergence of mosquito-borne infections and ways to prevent illness.
The best way to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses such as, Zika virus infection, Dengue fever, or chikungunya is to:
The Critical Incident and Emergency Management Team (CIEMT) of Lebanon Valley College has closely monitored developments associated with the Ebola virus. This virus poses little risk to the U.S. general population according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).