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    Hand washing + Cough Etiquette = Prevention

    1. Hand washing remains the best method of controlling the spread of disease. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after going to the bathroom, or after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective, but should not always be a substitute for soap and water. 
    2. Coughing into your sleeve or into a disposable tissue prevents respiratory droplets from spreading into the air. Dispose of the tissue after one use and wash your hands! 
    3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way. 
    4. Avoid close contact with people who are ill. Maintain a distance of 3-6 feet if possible. 
    5. Those who are ill should stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. 
    6. Be selfish – don’t share food, drinks or toothbrushes. 
    7. Periodically wipe down your telephone, keyboard, the arms of your chair, and door knobs with a sanitizing wipe such as Clorox Wipes.

    Symptoms of the Flu

    • Rapid onset of muscle aches, fever over 101 degrees, headache, dry cough, feeling tired and weak, and mild respiratory symptoms. Symptoms of Seasonal Flu and H1N1 Virus are similar. If these symptoms occur, isolate yourself, drink plenty of fluids, take Tylenol (as directed on label) for fever/body aches, and only return to class or work 24 hours after the fever is gone.
    • Cold symptoms differ from the flu. With a cold there is a gradual onset of symptoms. Low grade fever 99-100 degrees or no fever at all, slight muscle aches, mild tiredness or weakness, stuffy nose, sneezing, and sore throat may occur with the common cold.


    Saint Vincent College Wellness Center sponsors the annual Flu Vaccine Clinic in the Wellness Center. All seasonal flu strains are included in the vaccine.