Flu season is here and showing up on campus. For people who are otherwise healthy, influenza strikes hard and fast. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older should receive the influenza vaccine. If you have not gotten your flu vaccine yet this season, you should get one now. It is not too late. A flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and the people around you.
If you have the flu, stay in your apartment, residence hall, or home for at least 24 hours after any fever. Staying at home means that you should not leave your home except to get medical care. Stay away from others as much as possible so you don’t make them sick. Wear a mask if you leave your room.
To help prevent yourself from getting sick:
- Get a flu shot.
- Stay away from people who are sick.
- Wash your hands often during the day with soap and water.
- Avoid sharing food, utensils, cups or bottles.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Get good sleep, eat nutritious foods and drink plenty of water.
Go to http://www.cdc.gov/flu for more information or call Stetson Health Service at 386-822-8150.