These practices can reduce the spread of flu, adenovirus, colds, mumps, mono and more.
Did you know that 80% of germs that cause illness are transmitted by hands?
Clean your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent viruses from getting into your system. For more on handwashing, visit Wolverines Wash.
Check with your health care provider to see if your vaccination record is up-to-date. For more information, see:
- General Immunization Information including recommendations
- Flu and Vaccination
- Meningitis and Vaccination
- Measles, Mumps and Rubella
- Chickenpox (Varicella)
- Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
Cover coughs & sneezes:
Did you know that sneezes can travel as fast as 100 miles per hour and can spread germs up to 20 feet away? Yikes! Make sure to cover your nose and mouth with a tissue every time you cough or sneeze, and throw the used tissue in a wastebasket. If you don't have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve (not your hand).
Stop before you swap (avoid sharing saliva):
Avoid sharing eating utensils, drinking glasses, bottles, or things that are smoked, including e-cigarettes, cigarettes, and hookah.
Support your immune system:
If you have a weakened immune system, take particular care to avoid exposure to illness and support your immune system.
Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces with bleach-containing cleaners or wipes.
If possible, avoid close contact with other people who are sick.
Sick? Stay home to avoid giving it to others, and get health care as needed.
You can do a lot from your bed:
- For medical advice, you can call Nurse Advice by Phone
- I'm Sick. What Should I Do? Suggestions for Colds and Flu
- Colds and Flu - Treating with Medication
- Tips for Academic Success if You are Sick or Injured
The UHS Pharmacy can help:
You can get answers via online chat or phone, conveniently refill prescriptions, get non-prescription products at competitive prices, and pick-up discount coupons at the pharmacy counter. See Pharmacy.