What You Can Do to Prevent the Flu-University Health Services - Carnegie Mellon University

Thursday, February 28, 2013

What You Can Do to Prevent the Flu

In addition to getting vaccinated, these healthy habits can help stop the spread of illnesses like the flu:

•    Stay home when you are sick.  If you have flu-like symptoms [pdf], please contact us. A staff member will give you instructions on what to do.  To help prevent the spread of infection, please do not come to Health Services without contacting us first.

•    Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.

•    Clean your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.

•    Clean shared surfaces before and after each use.

If you do get sick, remember that if you have a cold or flu, antibiotics won’t work for you! The CDC reminds us that antibiotics cure bacterial infections, not viral infections. To feel better:
•    Rest
•    Drink plenty of fluids
•    Use a clean humidifier or cool mist vaporizer
•    Avoid smoking, second-hand smoke, and other pollutants
•    Use acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen for pain and fever

Promote flu prevention in your area with a bulletin board kit [pdf].  Just click, print and post!

Seasonal flu updates and information can be found at the CDC seasonal influenza website.