Seasonal Influenza (Flu) & the Common Cold
The key to prevention is good hygiene practices and following respiratory etiquette. The best way to prevent the spread of disease is to begin with simple but important health habits that reduce the spread of germs. Recommended preventive strategies include:
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and clean your hands afterwards with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Throw out the tissues in the nearest wastebasket. If you do not have tissues, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, so you won’t get germs on your hands and spread them to others.
Individuals need to wipe off surfaces, desks, desktops, tables, chair arms, computer keyboards and mouse, telephones, desktops, draw handles, doorknobs, staplers, stampers, etc. with a household disinfectant. Keep in mind anything at a desk that is touched needs to be cleaned. Students need to wipe the desk before each class.
Avoid sharing objects—such as utensils, cups, bottles, food, telephones, toiletries, makeup—or disinfect objects before using them.
If you develop flu-like symptoms, stay home, get plenty of rest, and drink lots of fluids (self-care practices). The Health Services Staff is prepared to address the College Community’s concerns regarding flu-like symptoms and will make every effort to be of assistance to you. If you have any questions or concerns about your personal health, please feel free to contact the Health Services Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).