Update and Information on Seasonal Flu prevention and Care

Jan 18, 2013

The CDC reports the 2012-2013 Influenza season started early and activity remains high in Pennsylvania and the rest of the United States. This may continue for some time. With that in mind, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from the flu. The CDC recommends the following:

  1. Get a flu vaccination (usually available at your physician’s office, department of health or local pharmacy). The Del Val Student Health Center will continue to offer FREE flu vaccine to Students, Faculty and Staff on a walk in basis, while supplies last.
  2. Stop the spread of germs:
  • Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other things you have to do and no one else can do for you. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine, such as Tylenol®.)
  • Isolate self. All students should contact the Student Health Center at 215-489-2252 and notify their professors if they are ill with the Flu. If you are a commuter student stay at home if you have flu symptoms. If you are a residential student, contact the Student Health Center, to be seen and if you cannot return home, isolate yourself in your dorm. 
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away after use and wash your hands. If a tissue is not available, cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve, not your hand.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.

For more information we recommend you go to the CDC web site.


Contact the Student Health Center at 215-489-2252