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How do I know if I have the flu?
Flu symptoms may include fever, coughing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills and fatigue.
Annual outbreaks of the seasonal flu usually occur during the late fall through early spring. Most people have natural immunity, and a seasonal flu vaccine is available. Most healthy people recover from the flu without problems, but certain people are at high risk for serious complications.
How can I prevent the flu?
- Get vaccinated. The SFCC Flu Shot Clinic will be held Tuesday, Oct. 16 in the Jemez rooms, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. or while supplies last. The New Mexico Department of Health provided the flu vaccine, and members of the college's nursing program will administer the shots.
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water
- Cover your nose and mouths with a tissue or shirt sleeve when coughing or sneezing
- Stay home when you are sick
How should people at SFCC respond to flu-like symptoms?
The Center for Disease Control's guidance to schools is designed to keep schools open while they do what they can to protect students and staff. Recommendations include:
- Students and staff with flu-like illness should stay home and away from other people for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever, without using a fever-reducing medicine.
- School staff should routinely clean areas that students and staff touch often with the cleaners they typically use. Special cleaning with bleach is unnecessary.
- Students and staff who appear to have flu-like illness should be sent home.
- People at high risk from the flu should contact their physicians.
Where can I go to learn more about the flu?
For more flu information, go to the New Mexico Department of Health's website: http://nmhealth.org/flu/index.shtml
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