Flee From the Flu

November 8, 2021

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Tips to Help Prevent Catching the Flu

Flu season is in full swing yet again with more and more people getting infected each day. Along with this, there are more people back on campus after COVID restrictions have been eased. Being in contact with many different people in crowded public places can lead to higher infection rates. Although masks are still required, it is important to continue to be cautious and proactive when it comes to catching the flu. The CDC has some tips on how to best keep yourself safe during flu season.

  • Limit Close Contact. One of the best ways to stop the spread of a virus is to limit how many people you are in close contact with. It is considered close contact when you are within six feet of a person for fifteen minutes or more.
  • Wash Your Hands. Although this may seem obvious, washing your hands regularly can greatly reduce the risk of you catching the virus.
  • Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose, or Mouth. By avoiding contact with these parts you are greatly reducing the chance of you spreading the virus, and also catching the virus from different surfaces.
  • Stay Home. Although it may be tempting to still go to class or other activities on campus even when you are not feeling well, it is best for everyone involved if you stay home. This way, you can avoid infecting other people and also catch up on your rest.
  • Practice Good Health Habits. Continue to exercise, eat well, and get plenty of rest and fluids. Be proactive in trying to keep yourself as healthy as possible. 

Health and Wellness also offers flu shots to all staff and students. Getting vaccinated is another important step in avoiding catching the flu. You can schedule an appointment here to get your yearly flu shot.

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