Let’s face it, no one wants the flu or other respiratory illness. So what are some ways to stay healthy?

Wash your hands – often, and with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (two rounds of “Happy Birthday”) or by using 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Keep it clean – wipe down commonly used surfaces such as keyboards, phones, doorknobs, and desktops with antibacterial wipes or disinfecting spray.

Boost your immune system to fight viruses and bacteria:

  • Get enough sleep – it’s the best way to maintain a healthy immune system! If you’re feeling like you might be getting sick, try to get even more sleep. Tips for getting a good night’s sleep
  • Eat a balanced diet – healthy foods help boost immunity, and, enjoyed throughout the day, can help ensure steady fuel for exercise, studying, or whatever your day brings.
  • Stay hydrated – drinking water helps oxygenate your blood and flush toxins.
  • Get up and move – regular physical activity (like going for a walk!) can help strengthen your immune system.
  • Don’t smoke – smoking inflames your respiratory system which makes it easier to catch a virus.
  • Reduce and manage stress – chronic stress can impact your immune system, which lowers your resistance to getting sick.
  • Abstain or limit alcohol & other drug use – regular use can weaken the immune system, especially if you’re feeling under the weather, traveling, or stressed.

Get your flu shot – if you haven’t gotten one yet, you should!

Don’t touch your face, eyes, nose, or mouth unless your hands are cleanaccording to the CDC, touching your face with contaminated hands is how germs are often spread.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick – and don’t share things such as drinks, utensils, or other personal items with someone who isn’t feeling well.

“Need help with your self care plan? Call a UHC Wellness Coach! 706-542-8690”

Not feeling well? Experiencing symptoms such as cough, sneezing, sore throat, fever, or respiratory issues?

UGA students: schedule an appointment with your Primary Care Provider by calling 706-542-1162 or using the UHC Patient Portal at www.uhs.uga.edu

All others, contact your community health care provider.

Written by: University Health Center