Flu Update - 1/22/2013
As students and faculty/staff return for the semester, the number of flu cases at the University Health Services clinic has increased.
To help prevent spreading the flu, follow these strategies:
Flu can easily spread from person to person. Therefore, it is essential to take these necessary precautions to help prevent the spread of the virus.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Do not use a tissue more than once.
- If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, not into your hands.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective. Scrub for at lease 20 seconds with soap and water.
- If you experience flu-like symptoms, stay home until you are well and avoid contact with others as much as possible until you are fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of medication.
- Protect yourself and others by getting vaccinated.
- Fever higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit
- Sore throat
- Body aches
- Sinus congestion/runny nose
Students may contact University Health Services clinic at 936-468-4008 for self-care advice or an appointment. Appointments are scheduled Monday through Friday 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Faculty and staff members should contact their personal physicians for self-care advice or an appointment.
People at a higher risk for flu complications, including those who are pregnant, or suffer from chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease and suppressed immune systems should seek immediate medical attention if they develop influenza-like-illness (ILI).
Flu vaccines are available at the University Health Services clinic, as well as numerous locations in Nacogdoches.