Stay Well During Cold/Flu Season

According to the 2010 Healthy Gators Survey, stress, sleep difficulties, and cold/flu/sore throat were reported by UF students to most likely adversely affect academics.

Simple hand washing is the single most important and effective method of preventing cold and flu. Using hand sanitizer that is 60-95 % ethyl alcohol is effective if soap and water are not available.

Tips for Staying Well

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. Check the Student Health Care Center's Annual Flu Shot Calendar to find out where you can get FREE flu shots.

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.

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.

Cover you nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

Practice good health habits

Get plenty of sleep; typically we need at least 6-8 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.

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