How to stay healthy if your roommate is sick during flu season

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With stress from school on your mind, the last thing you want is to get sick right now. Follow these steps to keep yourself healthy at college if your roommate is sick during this Flu Season. Sometimes wearing proper winter attire is simply not enough to battle this nasty virus!

1) Use proper hygiene: Wash your hands. Don’t share towels. Remember that You and your roommate share a small space. The H1N1 flu virus can stay alive and infectious on common surfaces for multiple hours. Make sure to use hand sanitizer as well as anti-bacterial wipes on surfaces that harbor germs. Things you and your roommate share on a daily basis ( doorknobs, sink, counters, light switches) can become easily contaminated. Don’t share utensils until you are sure you and your roommate are both well.

2) Get a Flu Shot: If it’s not too late, go and get yourself a Flu shot. This is a great defense against catching the nasty virus. Most pharmacies offer these with no appointment necessary. You also have the option of seeing if the health clinic on campus can provide you with the vaccine.

3) Take it easy: When you’re run down, your immune system tends bear the brunt. This makes it that much easier for you to get sick. Take care of yourself! Get enough sleep and try to eat as healthily as your student budget will allow.

4) Avoid it: Escape the confined space of your dorm room to dodge the flu this season.  Spend some time at home. If your parents live close to school, the commute home may be worth it. Keeping a safe distance between you and your roommate will help you from catching the Flu from them.

5) Stay hydrated: Make sure to drink plenty of liquids. Staying hydrated is one of the best defenses you can take against the Flu. Even if you don’t feel thirsty, your body might be.  Also, try to avoid alcohol for a while as that only works to dehydrate you further.

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