The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other infectious disease experts are anticipating another round of H1N1 influenza this spring. Vaccination is the best protection against the flu, according to the CDC.
Health Services also offers the following recommendations; wash your hands often with soap and water, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; and stay home if you are sick. Students should be advised that Health Services is no longer issuing class excuses of any kind.
- The best prevention tip is to wash your hands.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Manage stress (See stress-reducing tips).
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Avoid contact with ill persons.
- When you cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve (if you do not have a tissue).
- After you sneeze or cough, wash your hands with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand gel.
- Avoid contact with potentially contaminated items such as cups, foods or equipment.
- Keep surfaces such as desks, counter tops and door knobs clean.
Listen to this five minute podcast by Dr. Joe Bresee, with the CDC Influenza Division, to learn more about the swine flu: http://www2c.cdc.gov/podcasts/player.asp?f=11226.