Take precautions during flu season


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4:27 p.m., Feb. 22, 2011----It's flu season, and the Centers for Disease Control are reporting widespread flu across most of the country.

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UD's Student Health Services in Laurel hall is seeing an increased number of cases, and students who feel sick are reminded that Student Health is available 24/7.

“The health of our students is our top priority,” Dr. Joseph Siebold, director of Student Health Services, said. “At the same time, there are steps that students -- and other members of the campus community -- can take to lessen their risk of getting the flu. I urge everyone to be pro-active in safeguarding their health.”

Following are some easy steps individuals can take to minimize chances of getting sick:

--Wash hands frequently with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand cleaners, especially after coughing or sneezing.

--Use the hand sanitizer stations located at key locations on the Newark, Wilmington, Lewes and Georgetown campuses. The locations of the touch-free, Purell dispensers are detailed on a map, which is available in PDF format here.

--Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.

--Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.