The best way to prevent the flu is to get the flu vaccine every season. Flu shots are available by appointment, Monday-Friday, at the The Health Center.
1. Avoid close contact.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
2. Stay home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from class, work, and social activities when you are sick. Prevent spreading your illness to others.
3. Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
4. Clean your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs are often spread when you touch something that is contaminated with germs and then touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
6. Practice other good health habits.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in your room, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
If you miss the free flu shot dates in the fall, call 504-865-5255 to make an appointment at The Health Center for your flu vaccinations. Most insurance plans cover one free flu shot per year. (Splash card, insurance, ID and payment required.)