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Health & Wellness Center Tips to Avoid the Flu

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Web site, the CDC states that the 2012-13 flu season began relatively early compared to recent seasons. According to the CDC, flu was widespread across the United States by Jan. 11, 2013. "It is not possible to predict when the season will peak or how severe the 2012-2013 season will be, but based on past experience, it’s likely that flu activity will continue for some time," states the CDC in the published document. Becky Gray, director of health services at Arkansas Tech, is encouraging members of the campus community to do what they can to limit the spread of flu at Arkansas Tech. "The flu virus is spread mainly by droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk," said Gray. "The flu virus can also by transmitted by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching your eyes, mouth, or nose." Below are some tips that Gray suggests for avoiding the flu: 1. Get the flu vaccine. 2. Wash your hands several times throughout the day. 3. Avoid close contact with sick people. 4. If you are sick with a flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care. 5. Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze. 6. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, nose; germs spread this way. 7. Disinfect frequently touched objects such as telephone receivers, counter tops and door knobs throughout the day. 8. Take antiviral drugs if prescribed by your doctor. These drugs may make the illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. These drugs work best when started within the first two days of symptoms to treat people who are very sick. Learn more about the Arkansas Tech Health and Wellness Center.]]>