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#FluGA Tips for Dawgs

Flu season is upon us. At the University Health Center we are, as you can imagine, starting to see the signs and symptoms of flu trickle in.  Below are some simple steps you can take to keep yourself and the UGA community healthy.

Prevent the Flu

  1. Get a flu shot. The best way to prevent the flu is to be immune to the viruses. If you haven’t gotten a flu shot yet, you should get one!
  2. Practice good hand hygiene by either hand washing with soap and water or by using alcohol-based gels.
  3. Do not touch your face, eyes or mouth unless your hands are clean.
  4. Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing. An uncovered cough or sneeze can project respiratory droplets 3 to 6 feet or more!

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Are You Cleaning or Contaminating?

Avoiding contact lens related eye infections requires just a few easy steps. Check out this list from Dr. Angela Ellerman, OD, of the University Health Center’s Vision Clinic.

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UHC Spotlight: Dr. Finbar Woitalla

University Health Center providers come from a huge variety of places, backgrounds, and fields of practice…but they’re all here for YOU. Dr. Woitalla is a Primary Care Provider in UHC’s Medical Clinic Green. Check out what he has to say about serving UGA students, self-care practices, and entering the medical field.

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Expert Flu Tips for Dawgs

Flu season is upon us. At the University Health Center we are, as you can imagine, seeing many cases of the flu every day.  I want to offer some simple steps you can take to keep yourself and the UGA community healthy.

Prevent the Flu

  1. Get a flu shot. The best way to prevent the flu is to be immune to the viruses. If you haven’t gotten a flu shot yet, you should still get one.
  2. Practice good hand hygiene by either hand washing with soap and water or by using alcohol-based gels.
  3. Do not touch your face, eyes or mouth unless your hands are clean.
  4. Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing. An uncovered cough or sneeze can project respiratory droplets 3 to 6 feet or more.

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Treating the Flu

The flu is a contagious disease that is caused by one of many influenza viruses. It primarily attacks the respiratory tract (nose, throat and lungs). The flu usually comes on suddenly and may include these symptoms: fever, headache, tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, body aches and insomnia.

  1. Stay home if you are sick. A good rule of thumb if you have the flu is that you should stay home as long as you have a fever. You can return to school or work if you are fever-free for at least 24 hours without using fever reducing medicines.
  2. Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing. Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
  3. If you live in a residence hall, consider going to your permanent home until you have recovered.
  4. Take medication to relieve the symptoms of flu.
  5. Drink plenty of liquids.
  6. Avoid using alcohol and tobacco.
  7. Rest.

For more information about the flu, getting a flu shot and when to seek a health care provider, visit the University Health Center’s Influenza site.

For more flu information from a student perspective, check out What’s Your Flu I.Q.?!

UGA students can schedule University Health Center primary medical care appointments online at www.uhs.uga.edu, using the UHC Patient Portal.

Written by: Dr. Jean Chin, University Health Center Executive Director
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Fact or Fiction – Mental Wellness Resources at UGA

It’s no secret that mental wellness is a hot topic on campus – and we hope it continues to be! The more you know about maintaining your mental well-being and looking out for that of others, the better. Here are a few common myths around mental wellness and the facts that debunk them.Lets-Talk Continue reading “Fact or Fiction – Mental Wellness Resources at UGA”

Welcome Letter for New Dawgs

Dear Families,

On behalf of the University Health Center, welcome to the Bulldawg Nation!  As the campus medical home for the University of Georgia students, we endorse behaviors that support total health: the physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, social, and environmental aspects of health.

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Our mascot, Healthy Dawg, is juggling all the areas of health – just like we want to help UGA students do!

 

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Student Perspective: Positive Experience as Part of SHAC

SHAC: a four letter acronym that represents health advocacy for all students at the University of Georgia. The UGA University Health Center is a student-centered facility that offers exceptional health care services to the students and faculty at UGA. It is incredibly comforting for UGA students to know that there is a health care facility focused on the needs of students nestled in the heart of the UGA community. It is also safe to say that at the University Health Center, we strive to keep our Georgia Bulldogs healthy!SHAC-group-2016-17b

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One Student’s Struggle with Mental Health…

…and the strategies that help.

 

I believe in the healing power of communication (and I’m not alone!). Let’s leverage that power to alleviate what ails us by starting the conversation about mental wellness. Your symptoms matter and help exists to heal all shades of mental illness, which may or may not include an official diagnosis. The strategies that I discuss here have the potential to help you, regardless of your situation or background. That’s the unifying power of our message for Mental Wellness Week: everyone deals with issues of mental wellness.

So, I need your help to make a stand: No Dawg Suffers Alone. Here’s a brief glimpse into one student’s story.

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Photo by: Peter Frey, UGA Photographic Services

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MRSA & Staph Infections: Reasons to Practice Good Hygeine

You’ve probably heard of MRSA and Staph infections before, but do you really know what they are? Do you know how to keep yourself and your friends infection-free? Below are a few tips for doing so and some information on why it’s important!

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  Staphylococcus epidermidis bacteria / Photo Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

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