Being on a college campus can increase your chances of getting sick during this cold and flu season. Flu and other viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person through droplets made when infected people cough, sneeze, or talk. Viruses also may spread when people touch something with viral particles on it and then touch their mouth, eyes, or nose. There are some simple tips that can help you to stay healthy for the remaining little bit of winter in NOLA.

Get your flu shot…it’s not too late!

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available
  • Avoid close contact with sick people
  • Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.  This helps to contain your secretions without contaminating your hands.
  • Use a tissue over your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough and dispose of dirty tissues immediately
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth since germs spread this way
  • Do not share drinks or eating utensils with anyone
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces that may be contaminated with germs like the flu, such as doorknobs, keyboards, and phones
  • Exercise daily
  • Get an adequate amount of sleep/rest
  • Eat a well-balanced diet and drink plenty of fluids

Please call or visit Student Health Services for more information on this topic or for any other health related concerns.  We are located in the basement of the Danna Center.  Our phone number is (504) 865-3326.  For more information on our services, please visit our website at http://studentaffairs.loyno.edu/health.

-Amie Cardinal, RN

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