flu season has arrived!

it’s that time of year…flu season is finally here. influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. the flu virus usually spreads when people with the flu cough, sneeze, or talk. but there are a few easy steps one can take to prevent acquiring and spreading the flu.

the number one way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated. the CDC recommends continuing vaccination throughout the flu season, so if someone didn’t get a flu vaccination during the flu campaign last Fall, it is not too late to still get one now. Student Health Services has the vaccine and will continue to administer it throughout the season. main point: Get vaccinated, it is not too late!

it is also important to take everyday preventive action to stop the spread of germs and acquiring the flu virus. cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, always wash your hands with soap and water, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and moth, and also try avoid close contact with other sick people.

lastly, it is important to take antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them. it is important to start taking them within 48 hours of flu symptoms to shorten the length of the illness. some signs and symptoms of the flu virus are a fever, cough, runny/stuffy nose, body aches, fatigue and headaches. so if you feel any of these symptoms, head on over to Student Health Services and get checked out!

 

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Posted on October 4, 2012, in Immunizations and Vaccinations, Physical, Student Health Guru. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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