With flu season starting up it is important to know the signs and symptoms of influenza and what actions you should take. It is not possible to predict what this flu season will be like. While flu spreads every year, the timing, severity, and length of the season varies from one year to another. Flu outbreaks can happen as early as October and can last as late as May. Flu activity most commonly peaks between December and February.
The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year. (I am working on setting up a flu vaccination clinic for the end of October- I will post more information on that as it becomes available)
Good health habits may also help protect you against the flu.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
- Stay home (or in your dorm room) when you are sick. Stay home until you are fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications (ibuprofen or acetaminophen – Tylenol).
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. If you don’t have a tissue available, cough or sneeze into your elbow – not your hands.
- Clean your hands! Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth - germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school - especially when someone is ill.
- Get plenty of sleep, drink plenty of fluids (water) and eat nutritious food.
Influenza (Flu) General Information
When to Get Medical Help for Flu Symptoms