Staying healthy during flu season

January 24, 2013

I feel sick.

Are you achy all over and have a fever and killer headache? Are you feeling really tired in spite of getting to bed early? Is your runny nose, sore throat and cough more than a cold? Are you sneezing like in this video?

If so, it’s likely you have influenza, or the flu for short. The influenza virus is making the rounds again this year and unfortunately some Capilano University students, faculty and staff have already been bitten by the bug.

Having the flu isn’t fun, especially when you have classes to attend, papers due and tests to write. And when you have the flu, you’re not fun to be around, especially since the flu is highly contagious and you can spread the virus directly by coughing or sneezing or through communal surfaces.

Prevention is the best medicine.

The best way to avoid feeling sick is to take preventative measures to avoid catching—and spreading—the virus. Here’s how:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. (Hint: sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice to make sure you’re washing long enough)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy food.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, either with a tissue or by coughing or sneezing into your shirt sleeve (crook of your arm) rather than your hands. Throw the tissue in the trash right after you use it.

As an added measure, use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizing stations can be found in various locations throughout campus or carry your own supply.

Roll up your sleeve and get vaccinated.

The best line of defense against the influenza virus is to get immunized every year with the flu vaccine.

For those students who have not already had a flu vaccination, Capilano University has a limited supply of the vaccine available to students for free, on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

  • Drop by Health Services or call 604.984.4964 to make an appointment
    Tuesdays and Thursdays
    8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Birch building, room 249 

Flu shots are also available through your family doctor, most pharmacies and special flu clinics.

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, you can help yourself and those around you by staying home and only return to campus when you feel completely well—wait at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.

Here are some tips to help ease the symptoms and get you on the road to recovery.

We’re committed to the health and well-being of everyone who walks through our doors each day. Let’s all do our part to prevent catching and spreading the flu, and remaining healthy.

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) has additional helpful information on their website. Also, HealthLinkBC

Submitted by: Public Affairs office