Cold and Flu Prevention

01/22/2007

Contributed by Teresa Hradisky

Submitted at the request of Dr. David E. Newman, Director of Health Services

Everyone on campus will be at increased risk of viral respiratory illness over the next several weeks, having returned from so many different places with bugs to which the rest of us may have little acquired resistance. Here are some measures that will minimize that risk.

1) Avoid close contact with people who are already sick.
When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
2) Stay home when you are sick.
Stay home from classes when you are sick, whenever possible. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
3) Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Cough into your upper sleeve rather than your hands.
4) Wash your hands.
Washing your hands frequently, after every person-to-person contact if possible, may be one of the most effective ways of preventing viral illnesses. Contrary to popular belief, cold viruses are transmitted through hand to eye, nose or mouth contact more often than by sneezing or coughing.
5) Get a flu shot.
Itís not too late to benefit from a flu vaccine. Call the Health Center at 274-3177 for details.
6) Practice other good health habits. Try to get adequate sleep, eat a healthy diet, exercise, manage your stress as best you can (the Counseling Center can help with this) and consider taking a multivitamin.

Call the Ithaca College Health Center at 274-3177 if you have questions or want to schedule an appointment.

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