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Gannett Health Services
110 Ho Plaza
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-3101

Tel: 607 255-5155
Fax: 607 255-0269

Your health is in your own two (clean!) hands, so follow this flu prevention advice from health experts.

Avoid the flu

  • Get vaccinated. Check for availability of vaccines from Gannett and community providers.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow if tissues aren't available.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water, especially after you cough, sneeze, or touch shared surfaces. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective (60 to 95% alcohol).
  • Clean shared surfaces (doorknobs, keyboards, phones, etc.) with disinfectant.
  • Do not share cups, eating utensils, smoking paraphernalia, lip balm, etc.
  • Be careful in crowded party settings where loud up close conversation, shared food bowls and pizzas, and drinking games create exposure risks.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people. Keep a distance of about 6 feet if possible. (Just walking by or sitting near an infected person in an office or waiting room is not considered close contact.)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Strengthen your immune system: eat a balanced diet; exercise on a regular basis; get plenty of rest.

Prepare for the flu

Put some fun in handwashing

Watch this song on YouTube entitled "Perfect Bathroom Trip"

Flu spreads...
  • through infected droplets expelled by talking, kissing, spitting, coughing and sneezing
  • droplets can spread from the infected person, either directly to other people or indirectly through hands and shared items or surfaces
  • the virus can be transmitted before, during, and after an infected person has symptoms