Prevention is the Best Medicine to Fight the Flu
The current flu season, which usually peaks in February, does not appear to be slowing down. In fact, experts predict the season will continue through to May. We want to ensure our students and faculty stay healthy so we researched some tips on how you keep can defend yourself against the virus.
Consider getting the flu shot:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an annual flu shot is the first and most-important step in preventing flu viruses. Though flu vaccines can vary in effectiveness, they are safe and have proven helpful in preventing influenza infection and serious complications. To find places offering a flu shot near you, please visit www.floridahealth.gov/findaflushot.
- Wash your hands frequently and efficiently with warm water and soap for a minimum of 20 seconds.
- Health experts also say students should avoid sharing food and drinks or participating in other activities that may result in saliva exposure.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you have a cough or need to sneeze, cover your mouth and nose.
- Practice other good health habits such as cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school,
- Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
What if you’ve already been infected?
Flu viruses can cause mild to severe illness, and at times are fatal. The flu is different from a cold. The flu typically comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
- Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
- A cough
- A sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Vomiting and diarrhea, but it is more common in children than in adults
*Not everyone with the flu will have a fever
- If you suspect you have the flu, the Florida Department of Health recommends you stay home until fever-free for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication).
- Avoid contact with other people, except to get medical care.
- The CDC recommends antiviral drugs be used early to treat people who are very sick with the flu and people who are sick with the flu and are at high risk of dangerous flu complications, either because of their age or because they have a high-risk medical condition.
If you feel you have the flu, always seek your doctor’s advice.
If you’re an employee, the Broward College Annual Wellness Fairs provides an opportunity for you to check on your health and get a flu shot.
- February 13 – North Campus, Building 60, Room 110.
- February 21 – A. Hugh Adams Central Campus Building 17, Room 425
- February 28 – Judson A. Samuels South Campus, Building 65, Gym floor
Flu shots are available on a first come, first served basis. The vaccine costs $25 for part-time employees.