Flu Information Spring 2018

Update: The Student Health and Wellness Center is out of flu vaccine. You can use the Centers for Disease Control Vaccine Finder app to locate other options for getting the flu vaccine.

Ways to prevent the flu

1. Get your flu vaccination. Studies have shown that getting your annual flu vaccination can reduce your chances of being hospitalized from flu and possibly reduce the severity of the symptoms of the flu virus. Getting vaccinated also provides protection for others you might be in contact with such as infants, the elderly or others who might be at higher risk for having serious complications from flu infections.

2. Clean your hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Hand sanitizer is available for students at the Meadows Center for Health Resources in Chestnut Hall 301. UNT departments can request hand sanitizer from the Office of Emergency Management  & Safety Services by emailing Robyn.Warren@unt.edu and specifying how many bottles you need for your department.

3. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue, napkin or other dispoable item, if available, or cough/sneeze into your elbow to avoid spreading germs. If you do cough or sneeze into your hands, make sure to wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner. Here is a display for examples.

4. Avoid sick people as much as possible. People infected with the flu may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 7 days after becoming sick. If you or a family member is sick, they should stay home until at least 24 hours after a fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities (such as groceries or medications).

5. Clean and disinfect services and objects that may be contaimated with germs like the flu. If you use yourcomputer, phone or tablet while sick, make sure to check the manufacturer's website for recommended methods for disinfecting your device. Devices with screen protectors might also have additional options for cleaning agents that won't damage your device but refer to the screen protector manufacturer's website for recommendations.

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