4 tips for preventing the flu

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Flu season is upon us. Here are some simple steps you can take to keep yourself healthy:

Prevent the Flu

Get a flu shot. The best way to prevent the flu is to be immune to the viruses. If you haven’t gotten a flu shot yet, you should still get one.
Practice good hand hygiene by either hand washing with soap and water or by using alcohol-based gels.
Do not touch your face, eyes or mouth unless your hands are clean.
Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing. An uncovered cough or sneeze can project respiratory droplets 3 to 6 feet or more.

Treating the Flu

The flu is a contagious disease that is caused by one of many influenza viruses. It primarily attacks the respiratory tract (nose, throat and lungs). The flu usually comes on suddenly and may include these symptoms: fever, headache, tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, body aches and insomnia.

Stay home if you are sick. A good rule of thumb if you have the flu is that you should stay home as long as you have a fever. You can return to school or work if you are fever-free for at least 24 hours without using fever-reducing medicines.
Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing. Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
Take medication to relieve the symptoms of flu.
Drink plenty of liquids.
Avoid using alcohol and tobacco.
Rest.

For more information about the flu, getting a flu shot or when to seek a health care provider, visit the University Health Center’s Influenza site at www.uhs.uga.edu, using the UHC Patient Portal.

Source: Dr. Jean Chin, former executive director of the University Health Center at UGA

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