The flu spreads mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing by infected people.
Persons begin to have symptoms about 3 to 4 days after they were exposed to the virus. If cases of the flu have been identified in this area and you become sick, CALL Student Health Services @ 724-223-6047. Avoid going to the emergency room unless you are having symptoms of respiratory distress or difficulty breathing. If you have the flu, you should not go to school or work.
There are a few precautions that you can take to protect yourself:
First and most important: WASH YOUR HANDS! Use soap and water to wash for 15 and 20 seconds (the length of the Alphabet Song). The alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective if you don't have access to soap and water.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs are spread that way.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after use and then wash your hands.
Try to avoid contact with sick people. Persons with the flu are able to infect others beginning day one before the symptoms develop and up to 7 or more days while sick. They should be symptom free for one day before returning to school or work.