The Center for Disease Control recommends a yearly seasonal flu vaccine as the most important step in protecting against the seasonal flu. This year’s vaccine strain is a good match for the H3N2 flu that is rampant in many states. There’s still time for students to get the vaccine at Hendrix Health Center! Make your appointment today!
Washing your hands thoroughly is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of the flu. It’s best to wash with soap and warm water for 20 seconds before preparing or eating food and after going to the bathroom. Alcohol-based sanitizers are also effective.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth or face. Germs spread this way!
The flu is contagious and healthy adults may infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to five to seven days after becoming sick. The flu virus is spread mainly by droplets made when people cough, sneeze or talk—even up to 6 feet away! So be kind to your friends and always cover your cough.
That’s right, take it easy of you’re sick with flu-like illness. CDC recommends you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone (without the aid of fever-reducing medicines!). While you’re sick, limit your time with others so you don’t infect them.
The common cold and flu have similar symptoms, but with the flu you may experience: • 100° or higher fever or feeling feverish; chills• cough and/or sore throat• runny or stuffy nose• headaches or body aches; fatigue• nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea (more common in children)If you have the flu, please stay home!For general information about flu prevention and care, visit www.flu.gov or www.cdc.gov/flu