Timely Tips Winter 2016: It's Flu Season

Reduce your chances of getting sick

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 workplace.

“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 flu season.

“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.​