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Stay Well During Cold/Flu Season


  • The Cold and Flu can slow you down and impact your academics. Do what you can to keep yourself well.
  • According to the 2016 Healthy Gators Survey, stress, anxiety, and cold/flu/sore throat were reported by UF students as the top 3 impediments to their academic success.
  • Follow these tips to stay well and help prevent the spread of illness.

  1. Get Your Flu Shot to prevent or lessen the severity of the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccine every year. Visit the Student Health Care Center’s website for information about when and where to get a flu shot: http://shcc.ufl.edu/services/primary-care/flu/
  2. Every time you are near a sink, take advantage of the soap and water. Hand washing is the most effective way to prevent the transmission of illness. When you do wash your hands, wash for at least twenty seconds and make sure you get the back of hands, in between fingers, and under nails. If you don’t have access to soap and water, hand sanitizer with 60% or more ethyl alcohol can also be used. 
  3. Disinfect surfaces that you and others use regularly such as a computer keyboard or mouse, phone, desks, and doorknobs. The aim is to reduce as many germs as possible from sites and surfaces used on a daily basis. Use a soap and water, bleach and water, or EPA approved cleaning product mixture to clean.
  4. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it and then wash or sanitize your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze into your sleeve/elbow.  
  5. Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep; typically we need 7-9 hours each night. Nothing can replace the effects of ample sleep. In addition make sure to exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy food.
  1. The CDC recommends that if you have been diagnosed with flu you start antiviral medication as prescribed by your doctor as soon as possible.
  2. The CDC also recommends that if you are diagnosed with flu you stay home for at least 24 hours after you are fever free (without fever reducing medicine).
  3. Rest and continue practicing healthy habits like staying hydrated and eating well.
  4. Do what you can to prevent the spread of flu. The CDC recommends that you stay home and avoid close contact with others, wash your hands, and disinfect surfaces that are regularly touched. 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention Website: https://www.cdc.gov/flu

Offers comprehensive information about the current state of flu in the country, how you can prevent the spread of flu, the difference between the flu and a cold, and more.

Florida Department of Health Website: http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/influenza/

              Offers state specific information about the flu

Student Health Care Center Website:  http://shcc.ufl.edu/services/primary-care/flu/

              Offers UF specific information about the flu

Masks are available at the following locations:

Newell Hall, Marston library, Reitz Union (GatorWell office), Health Hut, the HUB, Little Hall, Rec Centers, Turlington, all residence halls.

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