10 Tips on Avoiding the Flu this Winter!

Flu Vaccine Clinic by Lower Columbia College (LCC), Flickr Creative Commons
Flu Vaccine Clinic by Lower Columbia College (LCC), Flickr Creative Commons

Want to avoid catching the flu this winter? Here are ten quick tips to help you stay healthy and flu-free in 2015.

  1. Get the flu shot! It’s not too late. Call Campus Health at 919-966-2281 and make an appointment to get yours today! ****Note: As of 1/13/15 Campus Health is out of flu vaccines. Check out this link to Locate available flu vaccines in your area.
  2. Wash your hands vigorously and frequently with soap and water.
  3. Avoid commonly touched areas (doorknobs, faucets, keyboards at the library, etc.) as much as possible, and wipe them down with sanitizing wipes often. Carry a pack of sanitizing wipes with you so that you’re always prepared.
  4. Make sure to get plenty of Vitamin C each day, which is found in oranges, grapefruits, red and green peppers, broccoli, and many other fruits and vegetables!
  5. Get plenty of sleep! Your body needs to be well rested to fight off the flu.
  6. Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes as much as possible. This will help stop the spread of germs.
  7. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. This is how the flu spreads.
  8. Clean and disinfect frequently used areas in your dorm room/apartment/house. For example, clean your kitchen countertops and bathroom sinks regularly. Disinfect your laptop keyboard, doorknobs, and appliance (e.g., microwave, oven, and refrigerator) handles with sanitizing wipes frequently.
  9. Carry hand sanitizer with you throughout the day for those times when you aren’t able to wash your hands with soap and water.
  10. Check out Campus Health’s information on what to do if you do get sick or visit the CDC so that you’re prepared. And be on the lookout for the flu’s most common symptoms: cough, fever, runny/stuffy nose, sore throat, chills, body aches, fatigue, headache, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Questions? Need more information? Think you might have the flu? Contact Campus Health at 919-966-2281 or visit http://campushealth.unc.edu/flu.

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