Ways to Avoid Swine Flu while Living in a College Dorm

It has been said that Swine Flu, or H1N1, is a young person’s disease. It is not surprising that this flu has been spreading so quickly through schools and campuses when one looks at the close living conditions that are present in dormitories. Preventing the spread of Swine Flu is a major concern of educational institutions worldwide and it is also on the minds of most dorm dwelling college students. The Center for Disease Control has already issued their guidelines for preventing the contraction and subsequent spreading of Swine Flu. Students in dormitory situations should take extra care to follow the following steps to increase their chances of staying healthy:

Cleanliness:

When coughing or sneezing, be sure to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the crook of your elbow. Try not to touch your face too often, as it is very easy to contract a disease when germs come in contact with your nose, mouth, or eyes. Wash your hands often with warm water and soap, especially after using the bathroom or coming into contact with communal items. It is also a good idea to carry alcohol-based hand sanitizer in your book bag for when you don’t have the time or the ability to wash your hands with soap and water.

Vaccinations:

The vaccination for Swine Flu is the most surefire way to prevent yourself from contracting the disease. Students who have asthma or other high-risk health issues and those who are in contact with children or the elderly should have priority in receiving the vaccine.

Healthy Living:

Swine Flu strikes those whose immune systems are caught off guard. Keeping yourself physically and mentally healthy can help build up your defense against H1N1. Be sure to eat a healthy diet and get plenty of sleep-two things that are often lacking from a college student’s lifestyle. Also, try to cut down your level of stress and anxiety, which are are often ever-present for the majority of college students.

Stay in Bed:

If you are unfortunate enough to contract Swine Flu this year, do your part to keep your friends and classmates healthy by isolating yourself until your are feeling better. It is recommended that a person stays home from school or work for at least 24 hours after breaking a fever of 100 or greater. This task is a bit harder when you share a room with one or more other people. Be upfront with your roommates and don’t hesitate to visit the campus health center if you think you are coming down with flu-like symptoms.

While the vaccination is the most surefire way to avoid contracting Swine Flu, using common sense, observing a high level of cleanliness, and practicing a healthy lifestyle can be a student’s best arsenal against contracting Swine Flu.