Emergency Number: 911, Emergency Management Office 859-257-3815 or 859-257-6655

Prevention

In general, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help maximize your immune system and prevent you from becoming ill. You should always strive to:

  • Get adequate rest (8 hours of sleep per night)
  • Eat a balanced diet, including plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Exercise regularly
  • Manage stress

Specific actions you should take to prevent influenza include:

  • Getting vaccinated. Vaccines are the most powerful public health tool for the control of influenza, and the U.S. government recommends that all who are eligible receive the vaccine.
  • Stay away (6 feet) from someone who is actively coughing or sneezing
  • Wash your hands regularly using warm soap and water. If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer is a suitable substitute (the University encourages you to carry your own personal sized container of hand-sanitizer).
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth (especially after coughing or sneezing).

To avoid spreading germs when you are ill:

  • Self-isolate (stay home and away from others), especially if you have flu-like symptoms.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough/sneeze; throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Cough/sneeze into your elbow if you do not have a tissue.

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