Influenza, “flu,” activity continues to increase, and flu activity is widespread in 49 states, including North Carolina. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year. The season can last until May, so there is still time to get vaccinated.
Flu vaccinations are still available at the Student Stores Pharmacy and Campus Health Pharmacy for students, faculty and staff. Or, you can find a flu clinic off campus by going to https://flu.ncdhhs.gov/.
Help prevent the spread of the flu on campus by recognizing the symptoms and staying at home. The flu spreads by coughing and sneezing and by touching infected surfaces. Someone with the flu can be infectious one day before symptoms and up to seven days after becoming ill.
Take actions to reduce the spread of germs:
- Stay home until 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to seek medical care.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and put your used tissue in a wastebasket.
- Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve — not your hands — if you don’t have a tissue.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be used if soap and water are not available.
- Stay healthy by getting adequate sleep, eating nutrient-dense foods and staying hydrated.