As the temperature drops, the probability that the number of flu cases increases on campus goes up.

The flu is easily avoided if you know these tips for prevention. If you’ve already caught the flu, we have tips to help you not spread the flu and to get better.

The best prevention tip is to get the seasonal flu shot which is available on campus at the Pat Walker Health Center.

Pat Walker Health Center

Allergy, Immunization and Travel Clinic

Phone: 479-575-7723

Immunization Clinic Hours of Operations

Mondays through Thursdays: 8-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-5 p.m.
Fridays: 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-5 p.m.

Here are some tips to protect yourself from developing the flu:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Take time to get a flu shot

Some of the symptoms associated with the flu include:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body ache
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue

If you have any flu symptoms:

  • Avoid going to work or going to class for at least 24 hours after you are fever free.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Take care of your cough and aches.
  • Request a sick tray form so that a friend can bring you some food from the dining hall. You can get the form from your resident assistant (RA), coordinator for residence education (CRE) or at the front desk of your residence hall.
  • If you have to go out to see a doctor, wear a mask if you have one. This helps you cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Wash your hands frequently so you can avoid spreading the flu to others.

Recognizing these symptoms and getting the care that you need is essential to staying healthy this winter.

Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention