Healthy Living: Surviving Flu Season On Campus

Fall is here, and that means flu season is on its way. Your college campus is a germ factory because there are so many people living and interacting in one place. Here’s what you need to know to keep yourself healthy this flu season.

Get a Flu Shot

While getting a flu shot won’t guarantee you won’t get sick, it can help you avoid the most common strains of the flu. Not only will it help you avoid contracting the flu, but one little shot can help you avoid spreading it to your friends, co-workers, fellow students, family, and loved ones.

Wash Your Hands and Carry Hand Sanitizer

You don’t have to wash your hands until they’re raw. However, you should wash your hands frequently throughout the day to avoid getting sick. Wash your hands with soap and water after using the restroom, shaking hands with a sick person, and before you eat. The CDC recommends washing your hands for at least twenty seconds.

Carry hand sanitizer with you and make sure you use it after you use public transit, and in case there is no available soap and water.

Sanitize Your Living Area

You should always be diligent in cleaning your dorm, apartment, or home. However, during flu season it’s extra important. Clean cook surfaces after every use. Use an antibacterial spray on light switches and doorknobs. Sweep and mop your floor regularly, and clean the bathroom at least once a week. Cleaning your living space can help minimize your exposure to germs, and it can help you stay healthy.

Take Care of Yourself

Get good sleep, stay hydrated, exercise, and eat right. Your body will be able to fight off viruses and infections much easier if it’s not fighting an uphill battle. So, take care of yourself and be healthy to stay healthy.

Don’t Share

If you do get sick, don’t share it. If you’re in a relationship, you should avoid kissing your partner. Don’t visit friends or family if you have the flu and try to call in sick to work. Avoid going to class if at all possible, and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your elbow if you sneeze or cough. If you do sneeze or cough into your hands, make sure to wash your hands as soon as possible.

Make good decisions for your health this flu season. Getting sick can make your college career a living nightmare. So, take care of yourself and keep things clean to avoid falling ill. Your health is worth the extra effort.

 

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