It is that time of year again. Flu season is upon us, but there are ways to avoid the chills, fever and body aches, according to Wicker Wellness Center.
“Your best defense against the flu virus is to get vaccinated,” says Associate Director of Health Services Susan Manchester.
During the fall term, many students were vaccinated at the Wicker Wellness Center or its clinics, and Wicker will be offering a final flu shot clinic on Jan. 28 from 1-5 p.m. in Reamer Auditorium. Flu shots will be billed to insurance.
Local pharmacies, grocery stores and medical practices are also still offering flu vaccines.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend taking several steps to prevent the spread of colds and flu this season.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
If you run a fever and have other flu-like symptoms, including chills, body aches, runny nose, sore throat and fatigue, you should remain at home for a full 24 hours after your fever is gone, except when seeking necessary medical attention. The Wicker Wellness Center offers rapid influenza testing if you are uncertain whether or not you have the flu.
Prevent the spread of the flu by limiting your contact with others while you are showing symptoms.
Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough, and throw the tissue away after you are done. Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth since this is the way that germs spread.
Clean and disinfect the areas that are contaminated with germs, such as your water bottle, cell phone, toothbrush, video game controllers, microwaves and refrigerator door handles
In addition, your immune system benefits from sleep and a balanced diet.
If you have any questions about the flu, or you need to schedule an appointment for flu-like symptoms, contact the Wicker Wellness Center at 518-388-6120.