INFLUENZA, JANUARY 2014

Influenza, commonly called Seasonal Flu, has been reported in the Collegeville area over the semester break. As college community members come together for the Spring Semester, be mindful of symptoms, preventative measures, and treatment recommendations to preserve the health of our individual and collective community.

SYMPTOMS: 

  • Feverish/chills
  • Fever (not everyone with the flu will have a fever)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea

PREVENTION TIPS:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water (if not available use alcohol-based hand sanitizer) especially before eating.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay at least 2 arm’s length from those infected with the flu
  • Get the flu shot from your primary physician before returning to Ursinus.  The Ursinus Wellness Center facilitated a flu vaccine campaign last fall, but no longer has vaccines available.

TREATMENT PLAN IF EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS:

  • Call the Wellness Center or your primary care physician for the next available appointment. If the Wellness Center is closed for the day, visit a local urgent care center.  Medical providers can administer the Rapid Test to confirm the flu, and then prescribe Tamiflu. Starting Tamiflu within 24 hours of onset of symptoms can shorten the course of the illness.
  • Notify the Wellness Center and your RA of your illness if they are not already aware.
  • If possible return home to recuperate.
  • If returning home is not an option, stay in your room and at least 2 arm’s length of others.
  • Do not go to class.  Notify professors of your absence via email.
  • Refrain from being in contact with anyone (hugging) and exchanging of bodily fluids (kissing, sharing food)
  • Arrange for a friend to deliver meals to you from the Dining Hall by clicking “Student Sick Tray” on this link http://foodservices.ursinus.edu/nutrition.html
  • Cough/sneeze into a tissue and dispose of it immediately
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water (if not available use alcohol-based hand sanitizer) especially after coughing and sneezing.
  • Take Tylenol (Acetophenamin), Advil or Motrin (Ibuprofen) for aches and pains
  • Drink clear liquids

For more serious symptoms, contact the Wellness Center immediately.After business hours, contact Campus Safety to arrange for more immediate medical assistance:

  • Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing
  • Extremely high fever
  • Dehydration due to vomiting or diarrhea
Wellness Center phone 610-409-3100
Campus Safety phone 610-409-3333
Medical Emergency 911
HOSPITALS & MEDICAL SERVICES

Einstein Montgomery Hospital
559 W. Germantown Pike, East Norriton, PA 19403
484-622-1000 

Premier Immediate Medical Care (2 locations)
450 Cresson Blvd., Suite 110,  Oaks, PA 19456
610-728-6071 

43 West Ridge Pike, Limerick, PA 19468
610-226-6200 

CVS Pharmacy Minute Clinic
55 Park Ave., Collegeville, PA 19426
610-409-2603

Pottstown Hospital
1600 E High St 
Pottstown, PA 19464
(610) 327-7000
Website

Phoenixville Hospital
Phoenixville Hospital
140 Nutt Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460
610-983-1000
Website

UC EMS

We ask that if you are treated in the Emergency Room at a local hospital, please send a copy of your medical record to Wellness following the visit.

Transportation is not provided by the Wellness Center to and from the hospital. Please contact an RA with any issues or needs.