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Do your part to stop the spread of flu at colleges and universities

October 21, 2019

[ Music ] A college campus can
be a very cool place; lots of interesting
people and fun activities. But unfortunately,
it’s also a place where germs can spread
quicker than good gossip. In addition to getting
vaccinated, you can help fight the
spread of flu by consistently and correctly practicing a
few simple healthy habits. Getting vaccinated is the
best way to prevent the flu, and a vaccine is available
each year for seasonal flu. There also are actions
that you can take to help protect yourself and
others from getting sick. Flu symptoms can include
fever, the chills, coughing, a sore throat, a runny
nose, body aches, headaches, and feeling tired. If you have some or all of
these symptoms, stay home or in your dorm room except to
get medical care if you need it. And rest up, you’ll help
yourself and others more if you take a sick day. By keeping your distance
you’re helping to protect your classmates,
teammates, and friends from
getting sick too. Covering your coughs and
sneezes is a no brainer, but be sure to do it
consistently and correctly. The best way is to cover your
nose and mouth with a tissue and toss it in the
trash when you’re done. Don’t forget to wash or sanitize
your hands afterwards too. If a tissue isn’t handy,
you can use your sleeve to cover your nose and mouth. Washing your hands often with
soap and water also can help to keep you from getting
sick; when washing, be sure to scrub your hands
all over: the backs of hands, under nails, and
between fingers. If soap and water
are not available, it’s okay to use
alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Don’t forget to clean frequently
touched objects and surfaces like telephone handsets, door
knobs, and computers or laptops. Germs tend to linger on those
things and can cause illness. To remove germs you can use
soap and water, a bleach and water solution, or
EPA approved products. Be sure to follow the
directions on product labels. By taking these actions
you’ll be doing your part to make your campus and community a healthy
place to live and learn.

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