As the weather grows colder, flu season begins. Protecting yourself and others around you from the flu virus is important for our overall health and wellness.
Influenza, most commonly referred to as the flu, is a respiratory illness caused by a virus. Symptoms may include: fever, chills, muscle aches, headache, runny nose, sore throat, cough, weakness and tiredness. The flu virus is spread through contact with people or surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus.
You can help prevent the spread of the flu:
- get your flu shot every fall
- wash your hands
- cover your cough and sneeze with something other than your hands
- stay home when you are sick
The vaccine is widely available in the city of Hamilton; to find a free flu shot location near you, click here. For more information about influenza, getting your flu shot at Mohawk College, or other health related topics, check out the Wellness4U@Mohawk web site.
Mohawk College Library can help you protect yourself this flu season. The video Resisting the flu: How to minimize your risk provides habits to improve your resistance, tips on how to take care of people who are infected, and covers mild and severe symptoms. The Health, Wellness, & Fitness subject guide includes great library resources to keep you healthy this flu season and all year round!