Flu season’s widespread impact is evident in the sharp increase in
sniffling, coughing and sneezing throughout campus. To avoid falling victim to
the infamous DePlague that circulates every winter, the campus community can take
some extra measures to avoid and prevent the spread of germs in and out of the
“We have offered flu shots in the past on-campus,” says Kate Lower
of the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness. “For faculty and staff, Human
Resources has the Health Benefit Fair every year where free flu shots are
offered.” The annual fair is usually held in late October.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that the
single best way to avoid catching the flu is to get vaccinated each year, and
practicing good hygiene can aid in preventing the transmission of the flu and
other contagious illnesses.
That’s why Lower also suggests that faculty and staff practice
good hand washing habits: use warm water and wash for at least twenty seconds.
If unable to access soap and water, she recommends using hand sanitizer.
Besides vaccination and proper hand washing, self-care is important in feeling
your best and minimizing your chances of getting sick, or spreading illness, during
“Take care of yourself when you’re sick, and make sure you’re
staying home if you have a fever. If you’re contagious, be mindful to not pass
it on, covering your cough so that you don’t spread germs. Make sure you’re
drinking lots of fluids and exercising to help your immune system,” Lower says.