It happens to the best of us and it’s here for you: the JMflU.
Flu season is fast approaching and as midterm week is coming up soon, you might feel like you simply do not have time to be sick. Thankfully, the University Health Center has your back. Here are a few tips to fight the JMflU, courtesy of the UHC and ORL.
- The first basic step is to get the Flu shot. UHC will be hosting a Flu Vaccine Clinic on October 14th in the Festival Highlands Room from 8 am to 5 pm and on October 15th at the University Health Center’s Urgent Care Entrance from 8 am to 5 pm. Both the flu shot and the FluMist will be administered. The flu shot is $23 and the FluMist is $40. If you are unsure about the difference between the two, check out this flu information page. Many insurances also cover flu vaccines, so check with your health care provider for more information. More information about the Clinic is here.
- To prevent the spread of germs, make sure you wash your hands. It’s gross to think about, but surfaces are covered in germs and bacteria. Washing your hands (or at the very least using hand sanitizer) reduces this transfer so think about your friends and fellow classmates and hit the soap and water.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. This might seem like common sense, but it’s nonetheless important. The bacteria can travel through the air and can contaminate the people around you. When you have to cough or sneeze, do it into your elbow or shoulder, not your hands. Sneezing into your hands leads to infecting surfaces that you touch afterwards.
- Going to the gym can also help you fight off illness. It’s been proven that working out strengthens the immune system and circulates white blood cells , which makes it harder for you to get sick. With all the equipment and classes that UREC offers, there is something for everyone to find.
- If you are feeling ill, schedule an appointment with the University Health Center. You can walk in an make an appointment or call (540) 568-6178. More information about their services is here.
- Finally, make sure you stay hydrated and get plenty of rest. Sleep deprivation makes you an easy target for illnesses. Simply drinking enough water and going to bed at an appropriate time will allow your body to be the best virus-fighting vessel that it can be.
It’s not guaranteed to make you virus-proof, but these steps will make it harder for you to get sick.
May your immune system be strong, Dukes!