Flu Season is Here

Protect yourself and others.

The flu is particularly rampant this year. It’s spread by coughing and sneezing, which allows the virus to become airborne and inhaled by anyone nearby. It can also be spread by contaminated surfaces such as countertops, pens, pencils, door handles, telephones, eating utensils, and even handshakes.

The CDC provides information about flu symptoms and complications. Students can make an appointment at McKinley Health Center if they experience symptoms.

If you are sick, follow these guidelines to help decrease the spread of the flu:

  • Limit your contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. 
  • Stay home for at least 24 hours after you have a fever. 
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand rub. 
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
  • Utilize disposable surgical masks and disposable gloves to help prevent the spread of the virus. Available at McKinley Health Center. 

Due to the high contact they have with students and guests, you may see University Housing staff wearing masks and gloves. If you show signs of illness, you may be asked to put on a mask to help prevent the spread of the virus. 

Stay well!