February 01, 2018
With the flu season peaking throughout the country, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to get a flu shot if you haven't already done so.
In addition to getting the flu shot, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following actions to prevent the spread of the flu.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water.
- Avoid close contact with people who have flu symptoms.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces in your living areas, such as doors, toilets and sink handles.
- Stock up on basic medical supplies and over-the-counter medications, such as a thermometer, Tylenol and Advil, in case you start to experience flu symptoms.
If you have flu symptoms, such as fever, sore throat, cough, headache, nasal congestion, body aches, chills and fatigue, the Colonial Health Center recommends the following guidelines:
- Stay home and rest for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
- Drink fluids to stay hydrated and use over-the-counter medications to help with other symptoms.
- Contact your professors and make arrangements if you cannot attend classes.
For more information about the flu, visit the CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/con