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Flu Season 2004 - 2005

All Faculty and Staff:

Due to the national shortage of flu shots this year extra steps must be taken to protect yourself and your loved ones. There are several steps that you can take to help stop the spread of germs.

* Avoid Close Contact
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

* Stay Home When You Are Sick
Stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

* Cover Your Mouth and Nose
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

* Wash Your Hands
Washing your hands often with warm soapy water for 20 seconds will help protect you from germs.

* Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose, or Mouth
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

* Other Good Habits
Get plenty of sleep, engage in physical activity, manage stress, drink water, and eat good food to help you stay healthy in the winter and all year long.

Websites

There are several good websites with additional information on how to stay healthy this cold and flu season.

www.cdc.gov/flu

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/stopgerms.htm

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/flu/index.html

http://www.hhs.gov/flu/

http://www.mnsu.edu/shs/

National Flu Report

Sniffle Kits!

The Wellness Committee will be distributing Sniffle Kits for faculty and staff during open enrollment sessions on November 9, 2004.

This information was brought to you by the MSU Wellness Committee.

   

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