The flu season is now in full swing, and health organizations are getting reports of the H1N1 flu strain in Utah.
In an effort to reduce flu cases at Weber State University, we are reminding everyone of important steps than can help prevent the spread of disease and decrease the impact on day-to-day activities at WSU.
- Influenza activity is increasing, so make sure you are protected. Influenza vaccine is still available, and IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO GET IMMUNIZED.
- THE STUDENT HEALTH CENTER STILL HAS A SMALL NUMBER OF VACCINATIONS AVAILABLE, AS DO MOST HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS.
- GO TO immunize-utah.org TO FIND IMMUNIZATION LOCATIONS.
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds several times a day
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
- Avoid touching your nose or eyes
- Seek medical care if you experiencing flu-like symptoms or fever
- Stay home if you are ill.
If you are sick, symptoms may last for several days. As much as possible, you should stay home and avoid contact with others except to seek medical care.
With seasonal flu, studies have shown that people may be contagious from one day before they develop symptoms to up to seven days after symptoms begin. Children, especially younger children, might be contagious for longer periods.
The best way to battle the spread of the virus is to follow the guidelines listed above and, stay home if you experience any symptoms.
These are precautions we can all take to reduce our chances of becoming ill and aid in keeping the university operating effectively. For more information on the flu, including things you can do, visit cdc.gov/flu.
FOR POSTERS, SIGNS AND OTHER FLU-PREVENTION MATERIAL, VISIT cdc.gov/handwashing/posters.html.