Fighting the Flu  

How is the flu spread?

According to the CDC, most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Although people with the flu are most contagious in the first 3-4 days after their illness begins, some otherwise healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others with flu viruses for an even longer time.

How can I help prevent the flu?

GET A FLU VACCINE, which are available free of charge to students, in the Health and Wellness Center. 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. If you must go out, wear a mask (available in the Health and Wellness Center).

What are some common flu symptoms?

What should I do if I think I have the flu?