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Health hints from the APSU Wellness Task Force

Ah-choo! Flu season is upon us. Want to know more about the flu?

•Influenza (commonly known as the flu) is a respiratory illness.
•It is spread from person to person in respiratory droplets caused by coughing or sneezing, as well as touching something that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth or nose.
•People are contagious one day before symptoms begin and up to five days after becoming sick.
•Symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, extreme fatigue, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches and stomach symptoms. Ah-choo! Flu season is upon us. Want to know more about the flu?

•Influenza (commonly known as “the flu”) is a respiratory illness.
•It is spread from person to person in respiratory droplets caused by coughing or sneezing, as well as touching something that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth or nose.
•People are contagious one day before symptoms begin and up to five days after becoming sick.
•Symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, extreme fatigue, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches and stomach symptoms.
•People with asthma or other long-term conditions are at greater risk for life-threatening complications.
•There is a vaccine available to prevent the most severe anticipated strains of flu, but it will not prevent flu-like illnesses caused by other viruses.
•The vaccine usually is available in October or November and is dependent on manufacturer supply.

Aside from the flu vaccine, what can you do to stop the spread of germs?
•Stay away from sick people — and from othersif you're the sick one.
•Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
•Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand wipes and gel sanitizers.
•Keep your hands away from your face.
•Use bleach to disinfect counters, sinks, knobs, etc.
•Get lots of sleep, exercise, drink water and eat healthy food.
•If APSU officials recommend immunizations, get them.
•Avoid sharing personal items including towels, washcloths, etc.
•If you have an open cut or sore, keep it covered.
•Pay attention to your body's signals.