Tips to Protect Yourself During Flu Season

Created: February 11, 2020
Last Updated: February 11, 2020

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Influenza season is here.

This is the time of year when influenza is most likely to be spread.  There are things you can do to protect yourself and reduce its transmission through our community.  It’s also not too late to request a flu shot!  There are currently no vaccines available to protect you against human coronavirus infection.

How to protect yourself.

You may be able to reduce your risk of infection by doing the following

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick

How to protect others.

If you have cold-like symptoms, you can help protect others by doing the following

  • stay home while you are sick
  • avoid close contact with others
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
  • clean and disinfect objects and surfaces

Treatment.

There are no specific treatments for illnesses caused by viruses/flu. Most people with common virus illness/flu will recover on their own. However, you can do some things to relieve your symptoms

  • take pain and fever medications
  • use a room humidifier or take a hot shower to help ease a sore throat and cough

If you are mildly sick, you should

  • drink plenty of liquids
  • stay home and rest

It is very important that if you have a fever you should remain out of the general population until you are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.

If an outside provider has diagnosed you with influenza, reach out to Student Health and Counseling Services, as we may be able to provide additional support.

Student Health and Counseling Services

Phone:  724-223-6047

Monday and Friday 8 am to noon and 1pm to 4 pm

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9am to noon and 1pm to 5 pm.