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Information During Flu Season

Flu? Know what to do.

Call (717) 231-8340, Mon-Fri from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. to talk with a PinnacleHealth nurse for advice.  


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At PinnacleHealth, our patients' and staff’s health and safety is our number one priority. 

Visitor Information

If you have cold or flu-like symptoms (fever, congestion, sneezing, cough), please do not visit patients in the hospital.

Please remember to wash your hands frequently. Antibacterial hand sanitizer is available in the main lobbies, emergency department lobbies, patient rooms, nursing stations.

Frequent hand washing will help prevent the spread of flu to our friends, family, patients, co-workers and ther visitors.
 

General Flu Symptoms

Most healthy children and adults experiencing the following symptoms can stay home the first 24 hours.  Those with high-risk health issues could call the doctor first, and consider getting care through their primary care doctor or urgent care center instead of going to the emergency room, unless symptoms worsen.

Symptoms are usually sudden and include:
  • Fever (often high)
  • Headache (often severe)
  • Muscle/body aching (often severe)
  • Runny or congested nose
  • Sore Throat
  • Cough
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea (not as common as the other symptoms and less common in adults with the flu)

Flu Symptoms that Require Emergency Care

According to the Centers for Disease control, flu symptoms that require emergency care in children include:
  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Significant irritability so that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash
In addition to the signs above, get medical help right away for any infant who has any of these signs:
  • Inability or unwillingness to eat
  • Trouble breathing
  • No tears when crying
  • Significantly fewer wet diapers than normal
Do not give over-the-counter medication to children under 4 without physician approval.
 
According to the Centers for Disease control, flu symptoms that require emergency care in adults include:
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough

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