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.