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Fall 2003 Newsletter

Student Health Services Health News- Fall 2003

Contagious Diseases

As the cold and flu season approaches does the word CONTAGIOUS send you into a panic????  We would like to share a few tips to prevent and aid in the relief of symptoms.  Of course, the most effective way to prevent the flu is to receive a yearly flu shot.

Tips for preventing the cold and flu are in our childhood memories from moms and grandmammas, such as wash your hands. When you need to cough or blow your nose do so into a tissue, not your hand.  Keep your hands out of your face; these viruses can enter by way of eyes, mouth and nose.

Should you feel the sniffles coming on, remember your childhood once again.  Get plenty of rest, and drink plenty of fluids.  If you’re feeling a bit congested try Vicks vapor rub.  Sore throat, warm salt water gargles.  And of course CHICKEN SOUP, the warmth of the soup aids in congestion, and, if garlic is added, it is known to have antibiotic properties, which will lessen the severity.

Should these tips not be sufficient contact your physician for prescription medications.