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Prevent Illness – Wash Your Hands

Washing your hands is the best defense against getting the stomach bug (vomiting and diarrhea), colds, and the flu.

UHS offers the following advice to avoid getting sick:

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Check the CDC website to learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Regularly sanitize your living and work spaces (bathrooms, counters, doorknobs, light switches, telephones) with an effective flu-fighting cleaner such as Lysol or Clorox disinfecting wipes.

Students who develop nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea should follow standard self-care guidelines: do not put anything in your stomach for 2 hours after vomiting, then start drinking clear liquids such as ginger ale or a sports drink. If you still have severe symptoms after 48 hours, call UHS at 585-275-2662—this number is answered at all times.