- 5 minutes to get vaccinated, or the increased risk of 2+ weeks to recover from the flu?
- Flu outbreaks are preventable if everyone gets their shot.
- More than 200,000 individuals are hospitalized annually from flu complications.
- You can spread the flu before you even know you are sick.
- The flu vaccine lasts for the entire flu season!
Getting your flu shot is important
Personal Prevention - Your health is in your own two (clean!) hands, so follow this flu prevention advice from health experts. Avoid the Flu.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Wipe down/clean shared surfaces (doorknobs, keyboards, phones, etc.) with disinfectant.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you have 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. Germs spread this way.
- Get a seasonal flu vaccine.
- Eat a balanced diet.
- Exercise on a regular basis and get plenty of rest
Prepare a Health Kit
Most individuals who develop flu symptoms can recover at home with little or no medical intervention. However, appropriate self-care is important. We encourage all members of our living and learning communities to prepare a health kit for self-care during the flu season.
What should be in a health kit for flu season?
- Fever and pain relievers (Acetaminophen, ibuprofen)
- Cough syrups (Two types of cough syrups are useful: an expectorant with main ingredient ingredient guaifenesin and a suppressant with main ingredient dextromethorphan)
- Nasal sprays (Saline nasal spray or a corticosteroid spray such as Nasacort with the main ingredient Triamcinolone - used to treat stuffy/runny nose, itchy eyes/nose/throat, sneezing)
- Decongestants (pseudoephedrine - narrows blood vessels in the nose lining allowing swollen tissue to shrink and air to flow more easily)
- Hand Sanitizer (A good hand sanitizer should be at least 60 percent alcohol)
- Thermometer (Know your temperature! 100.4 F degrees or higher is considered a fever)
- Fluids (aim to drink enough fluids to make your urine clear or light yellow, which indicates proper hydration)
- Tissues (lots and lots of tissues. Don't let used tissues lie around the house. Get them in the trash right after they are used. If a tissue isn't handy, cough into your elbow instead of your hand. Wash your hands with soap and water frequently)