Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Flu Season

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the state is experiencing a particularly significant flu season. Remember: if you are sick, stay home.
Minnesota Department of Health

What is the flu?

  • The flu (influenza) is a respiratory infection caused by a virus. You might get a runny nose, fever, sore throat, body aches, fatigue. 
  • It is not a bacterial infection and cannot be treated with antibiotics.

What should I do if I have the flu?

  • Stay home if you are ill. 
  • Rest and get plenty of fluids. 
  • Children and people with compromised immune systems should see a doctor if symptoms are severe. You can visit the Health and Wellness Center (651.690.6714) if you are a student.

How can I prevent the flu?

  • Get vaccinated. Flu vaccines are available at the Health and Wellness Center. You can also use the Minnesota Department of Health's Vaccine Finder.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze.

Research influenza in scholarly journals:

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