Flu season has returned. To increase your chances of remaining healthy, keep these precautionary measures in mind.
University Health Services will be offering seasonal flu vaccinations for the university community. Consider taking advantage of this opportunity.
- 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.
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