Flu Season Tips
Influenza (also called flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. The best way to prevent the flu is through yearly vaccinations. In New England, flu season typically begins in December and can last through April.
Campus Preparedness sponsors flu vaccine clinics each year to immunize the Emmanuel community and reduce the risk of flu. Please watch for more information on the portal. Clinics are typically held in October
Here are some simple tips to help keep from spreading germs, especially during the cough, cold and "flu" season.
Steps to Help Prevent Spreading Germs.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a elbow when sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose.
- Discard used tissues in the trash as soon as you can.
- Always wash your hands after sneezing, blowing your nose, or coughing, or after touching used tissues or handkerchiefs.
- Use warm water and soap to wash your hands. If you don't have soap and water, use alcohol-base hand gel or disposable wipes.
- Try to stay home if you have a cough and fever.
- See your doctor as soon as you can if you have a cough and fever, and follow their instructions. Take medicine as prescribed and get lots of rest.
- If asked, use face masks provided in your doctor's office or clinic's waiting room. Follow office or clinic staff instructions to help stop the spread of germs.
Steps to Help Prevent Getting Sick
- Get enough sleep, an average of 6 to 8 hours.
- Eat healthy, a well balanced meal.
- Wash your hands before eating, or touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Wash your hands after touching anyone who is sneezing, coughing or blowing their nose.
- Don't share things like towels, chapstick, , or anything else that might be contaminated with germs.
- Don't share food, uncleaned utensils or beverage containers with others.