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Influenza depiction.

Get Vaccinated:

Getting a Flu vaccine may be your best defense against getting influenza. In addition to protecting against the seasonal strains, the vaccine now protects against H1N1, which is causing some individuals to become severely ill. Some years, the flu vaccine can be up to 70% effective in preventing illness in healthy children and adults. Flu vaccines can also reduce the severity of symptoms if you do get the flu. However, the vaccine is only for the influenza virus and has no effect on colds. The vaccine can be purchased at UHS for $44, CVS for $32, and Costco for $15, but prices may vary depending on your insurance.

Know how it Travels:

  • Influenza is highly contagious and easily transmitted from coughing and/or sneezing.
  • Flu may be transmitted one day before symptoms develop and up to five days after you get sick.
  • Colds are transmitted by touching surfaces that have cold viruses on them and then touching your eyes or nose or by inhaling cold virus particles from the air.
 

Know the Symptoms:




Symptom

Cold

Flu

Fever

Rare

Characteristic: 100-102°F; lasts 3-4 days

Headache

Rare

Prominent

General Aches, Pains

Slight

Usual; often severe

Fatigue, Weakness

Mild

Can last up to 2-3 weeks

Extreme Exhaustion

Never

Early & Prominent

Stuff Nose

Common

Sometimes

Sneezing

Usual

Sometimes

Sore Throat

Common

Sometimes

Chest Discomfort/Cough

Mild- Moderate; Hacking Cough

Common- can become severe

 

Prevention:

  • Do not touch your mouth, nose, or eyes without washing your hands.
  • Do not share food or other items and other things that go in the mouth
  • Alcohol does not kill germs quick enough to make sharing safe.
  • Encourage roommates to cover their mouths with a tissue when they cough or sneeze and to dispose of the tissue themselves.
  • No time to grab a tissue? Cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow
  • Avoid sharing personal items like toiletries, towels, and pillows.
  • Get proper rest and good nutrition to improve resistance and bolster immunity.

 

Contributed by Alexander Blaty