The Flu

Have you caught the flu or a cold recently? Miserable isn’t it?

Sneezing and sniffling classmates, germy doorknobs, public restrooms—it feels like getting sick is impossible to avoid.Not so! Check it out…

5 ways to avoid getting sick…and passing it to others


It’s the single best way to prevent the flu. UW-Madison students and SHIP members can get a free flu shot from UHS every year. Why suffer through it if you can avoid it?

2. Wash your hands.

With soap. Several times a day. It’s one of the easiest and most effective ways to prevent the flu and other illnesses.

3. Clean or not, keep your hands down.

The average person touches their face at least 3-4 times an hour—that’s likely more than you wash your hands. To avoid getting sick, keep your fingers away from your face.

4. Aim for the elbow zone.

Feeling a sneeze or cough coming on? If a tissue isn’t available, go for your elbow, not your hands.

5. If you do get sick, stay home.

Your friends and classmates will thank you. Stay home from school and work until you’ve been fever-free for 24 hours. More self-care tips »

Easy isn’t it? Following these tips can significantly increase your chances of staying healthy throughout the year!