UW-Green Bay Counseling and Health Center in collaboration with the Brown County Public Health Department is reminding people that they can take steps now to stop the spread of influenza, and one of the biggest steps they can take is to stay home when sick! Symptoms of influenza are similar to cold symptoms, but come on more swiftly and are more pronounced. Symptoms can include cough, sore throat, muscle aches, headache, chills, feelings of extreme tiredness and fever. It should be noted that not everyone with the flu will experience fever. Helpful CDC flu resources can be found at www.cdc.gov/flu.
- Get a flu shot. It is not too late to get a flu shot this season. Vaccines are available through your local healthcare provider or pharmacy. The Counseling and Health Center also has Quadrivalent Flu vaccine available again for $25 for faculty/staff and $20 for students while supplies last. Simply call 920-465-2380 to make an appointment.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your upper sleeve, and try to avoid touching your face with your hand. If you use a tissue, throw it away after one use.
- Never share drinking cups, straws or utensils.
- Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces such as doorknobs, refrigerator handles, phones and faucets.
- When possible, avoid being exposed to people who are sick with flu-like symptoms.
- Eat nutritious meals, get plenty of rest and do not smoke.