TO AVOID CATCHING THE FLU

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  • Get immunized as soon as possible! UHP-Medical Services offers several flu-shot clinics during the fall semester and you can get the flu shot through the walk-in clinic while the flu shot is available.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If you are not near water, use an alcohol-based (60-95%) hand cleaner such as Purell.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick - do not kiss a sick person and do not share cups, lipstick or eating utensils with a sick person.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Beer, wine, cocktails and other alcoholic beverages DO NOT kill the flu virus, so don't share your drinking cups or glasses.
  • Face masks, although popular, are usually not helpful for protection from catching the flu.  If you have the flu, face masks are helpful in limiting the spread to other people. 

PREVENTIVE MEDICATIONS

  • It is not too late for the Flu Vaccine which is the BEST prevention method of influenza. 
  • Taking Tamiflu as prophylaxis may help prevent influenza if you are around others that are sick. 
    • One capsule once daily for 7-10 days for "close contacts" (ex. roommates, co-workers) of individuals with active symptoms may help prevent influenza if you have been exposed, but is only recommended for certain high risk condition
    • May help lessen severity of influenza symptoms and possibly decrease illness duration.Cost $67 to $95
    • Requires a prescription.
    • Side effects include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting or dizziness, each less than 10% of the time.
    • If you are a MSU student and think you should take Tamiflu, contact or visit UHP Medical Services (406-994-2311; see clinic hours here).  If you are not a MSU student, contact your personal physician or an Urgent Care clinic.