Healthy habits to help protect against sickness

There are many reasons to love the winter season, holidays, snow and sweater weather to name a few. However, one thing people do not love about winter is the flu season. The tips and resources below will help you to protect yourself and others and help stop the spread of germs:

  • The best way to stay healthy during flu season is by getting the flu vaccine each year.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, wear a mask and keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Flu viruses spread mainly by droplets from cough and sneezing.
  • Wash your hands often. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs can spread when a person touches something contaminated with germs and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
  • Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.
  • If possible, stay home from work, school and errands when you are sick.

For questions or to make an appointment with Student Health Services, call 316-978-4792.