Hey there, Buckeyes! With the most stressful time of the semester coming up, it is important to take a moment to reflect upon your personal health habits. As cold and flu season begins, taking preventative measures in order to keep yourself feeling healthy and happy is incredibly important. Here are a few tips and suggestions for keeping the illness away during these stressful last few weeks of the semester:
Tip #1: Wash Your Hands!
The importance of this one cannot be overstated. One of the biggest culprits of spreading illness is your hands, as they oftentimes come into contact with viruses and bacteria the easiest. PLEASE wash your hands as often as you can — especially before eating. By doing so, you are not only protecting yourself from sickness, but you are preventing the spread of germs to others.
Tip #2: Consider Getting a Flu Shot
While everybody tolerates flu shots a little bit differently, getting this important vaccination can play a huge role in keeping you healthy during flu season. Although not 100 percent effective, one of the best ways you can fight the flu is by getting a flu shot. And, the best part about this is that you do NOT have to leave campus to get one — Student Life Student Health Services offers many options for obtaining an influenza vaccination right here on campus. Just visit https://shs.osu.edu/services/vaccinations/influenza-flu/ for details (and be sure to check with your health care provider for cost details and information).
Tip #3: Avoid Touching the Face
Your hands can spread a lot of germs around. Even if you come into contact with germs, though, they still need to enter your body in order to get you sick. This, unfortunately, happens very easily when you spread germs from your hands to your face by touching your mouth, nose, and eyes. In order to stay as healthy as possible, try to avoid touching your face as much as you can — the results will show in the long run.
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Although you can not ever guarantee for sure that you will not get sick during cold and flu season, preventative measures go a long way. If you do fall ill, however, please be sure to see a doctor when necessary and do your part in keeping others healthy by covering your mouth and washing your hands. I hope you all have a fantastic, healthy finish to this semester!