Be Prepared for Flu Season

HRL wants to help keep you healthy! As they say – the best of offense is a good defense. Your best preparation for flu season is to avoid contracting the flu.

To learn how, check out the FB group Stop the Flu at SHU and review this quick Flu Facts sheet from Health ServicesFLU FACTS 09 (2).pdf.

Watch for announcements for the Flu Vaccine clinic offered by Seton Hall. For a small fee ($30 to your student account) you can be vaccinated against seasonal flu. It is scheduled for September 17th from 1pm -7pm in the Main Lounge of the University Center

Quick tips to reduce your chances of contracting the flu:

Sneeze or cough into your sleeve – here’s what happens when you don’t!

Wash your hands frequently with soap and hot water or use hand sanitizers.

Keep your distance from anyone who is sick

Additional steps you can take include:

Prepare your “Flu Pack”. You should include a thermometer (since you’ll need to check your temperature if you believe you have the flu), Tylenol (to take to reduce fever) and extra liquids for hydration (like Gatorade).

Get vaccinated.

If you do get sick, try to go home to recuperate. If that isn’t an option, choose a buddy to help you stay fed and hydrated in the event you get sick. Plan to do the same for them, if they get sick.

If you’re displaying symptoms you should:

Save your energy and reduce the spread of the virus by calling your health care provider or Student Health Services at 973-761-9175. In most cases, visiting their office isn’t necessary since symptoms and treatment can be discussed over the phone.

Check your temperature, hydrate, rest and stay away from other people until your temperature is gone for 24 hours without needing tylenol. Don’t leave home or go to class or work until you are 24 hours fever free without tylenol.