How Can I Avoid the Flu?

Seasonal influenza is increasing across campus, and your friends might be feeling sick. Here are some ways you can prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illness:

  • Get a flu shot. Make an appointment online today, or call (269) 387-3290 to get vaccinated. Flu vaccines protect against the viruses research indicates will be most common this year.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people. People who have flu symptoms should avoid contact with others for 24 hours after their fever subsides.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Sing the happy birthday song whole you wash to spend the right amount of time washing. Done singing? You're done washing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away after you use it. If you haven't got a tissue, use your sleeve.

Most people are able to recover at home from flu without medical care. If you are concerned about the severity of your illness, call the health center at (269) 387-3290. Want to learn more? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publishes a PDF guide.