Be prepared for the flu by having a few important health supplies. We have developed a flu preparedness checklist for you to get you started. We encourage you to use it as a guide.
Flu Preparedness Checklist
- Medicine for fever, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen (common brands are Advil, Motrin, Tylenol Extra Strength) unless you are allergic to these medications; do not take aspirin if you are 18 years or younger as this may cause a serious condition known as Reyes Syndrome
- Sports drinks containing electrolytes (e.g., Gatorade)
- Masks (ear loop procedure masks which can be found at any drugstore)
- Hand sanitizers, alcohol-based (60-95%)
- Disinfectant wipes (remember to wipe your computer key board & telephones)
To Do for Students
- Be sure to have your insurance card (s) handy in case you need to seek medical care.
- Talk to your health care provider if you have a chronic health condition such as asthma, diabetes, cancer, heart, lung and/or an immune system disorder, and/or you are pregnant.
- Be prepared for class. Read your syllabus and talk with your professors about attendance requirements.
Practice Healthy Living
- Get plenty of rest.
- Eat balanced meals.
- Avoid contact with ill persons.
- Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough.
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow or shoulder.
- Throw used tissues into the trash.
- Wash your hands often with soap and hot water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way. Avoid contact with others who are ill.
- Do not share food, drink, utensils, or personal items such as towels, linens or tooth brush.
- Use antiseptic wipes to wipe down computer key boards, cell phone pads, telephones, counter tops and touch screens used by other people.
- Be educated about the H1N1 flu and vaccines.
- Pay attention to updates and information about the flu virus on our campus.