Flu map for December 27
Image provided by the Center for Disease Control

It’s not too late to vaccinate!

The flu season is in full swing, and a case of the flu can really stop you in your tracks. PLU’s Health Center is urging all students who have not yet had their flu shot to come in and get one. Students may drop by UC 201 on Tuesday, January  13, 10:30am-1:00pm for flu vaccines at no cost.

CDC is urging continued influenza vaccination for any unvaccinated persons because vaccine may still offer benefit. This flu season could be more severe than previous years. This is due to mismatch of the current vaccination and currently observed flu types.


  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

How Flu Spreads

Droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk.

An ounce of prevention…

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Germs are often spread when a person touches something like his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school.

If you do come down with the flu, these measures are suggested:

  • Rest
  • Drinking clear fluids like water, broth, sports drinks, or electrolyte beverages
  • Gargling salt water (1:1 ratio warm water to salt) to soothe a sore throat
  • Covering up with a warm blanket to calm chills

Use an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Advil).  Don’t use aspirin due to risk of Reye’s syndrome, a rare, but potentially fatal disease.

Sick-Meals: http://www.plu.edu/dining/general-info/sick-meal/

The Health Center Provides Cold and Flu packs available upon request.