Tips for reducing your risk for flu, measles or mumps

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

To have a productive and healthy second semester, be aware of some recent viral illness cases and outbreaks and take actions to reduce your risk of these illnesses:

Take these actions to reduce your risk and to prevent spreading illness:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water especially after coughing, sneezing or using the restroom.  Use hand sanitizer when you can’t wash.
  • Avoid sharing anything that comes into contact with anyone’s mouth including water bottles, cups, straws, eating utensils, smoking materials or lip balm.  Avoid drinking anything from common sources such as punch bowls.
  • Check your vaccination status.  Be sure your vaccines are up-to-date. It is not too late to benefit from the flu shot this flu season. Flu shots are available at McCosh Health Center.
  • Cover all coughs and sneezes with a tissue.  Immediately put tissues in the trash and wash your hands.  If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, not your hands.
  • Communicate, isolate and hydrate if you are sick, especially with a fever.  If you are a student, call UHS at 609-258-3141.  If you are faculty or staff, call your doctor.  Stay away from other people and drink plenty of water if you can.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you cannot keep down water, have difficulty breathing, or become dizzy or lightheaded.  If you have a chronic health condition, please consult with your primary care provider.