Flu Preparedness Information

Flu season has returned. To increase your chances of remaining healthy, keep these precautionary measures in mind.
  • Vaccinations
    University Health Services will be offering seasonal flu vaccinations for the university community. Consider taking advantage of this opportunity.
  • Prevention
    • Because this disease spreads person-to- person through close contact with the ill individual, local public health partners are reminding residents of the precautions they should take to avoid exposure.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Immediately throw away used tissues.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.  Wash hands well for 30 seconds – about the time it takes to sing happy birthday twice. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. Remind others to do the same, particularly in situations where you are sharing equipment such as phones and computers.
    • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
    • If you get sick with a combination of sore throat, fever, cough, or other flu-like symptoms, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Preparation
    In case you do become ill, be ready ahead of time. Prepare a cold and flu kit for the season so you don't have go the the store when you should be resting. Recommended items for the kit are:
    • A thermometer
    • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil)
    • Cough syrup
    • A supply of fluids such as bottled water, sports drinks and soups
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Boxes of tissues

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