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Tips for staying healthy during holiday travel

November 20, 2009

Before and during any holiday travel, practice healthy habits to stop the spread of the flu. Student Health Services offers the following advice to help the Loyola community stay healthy during the holidays:

· Get vaccinated. Vaccination is the best protection we have against flu. The seasonal flu vaccine and the 2009 H1N1 vaccine are available at this time to priority populations at Loyola. More than 400 Loyola students and employees have received the vaccine, with no reported side effects.

· Avoid close contact with sick people. The flu is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people. Keep your distance when possible.

· Wash your hands often. Wash your hands with warm water and soap, especially after coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub, even when your hands are not visibly dirty. Other hand sanitizers that do not contain alcohol also may be useful.

· Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After coughing or sneezing, throw your used tissue in the trash. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or upper sleeve, not into your hands.

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

· Stay informed. Visit http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/ and http://blogs.loyno.edu/emergency-updates/ for more information and the latest flu updates.

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