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Community Health Alert (Winter 2018)

According to the LA County Department of Public Health, “flu activity in LA County is increasing. There have been a recorded 36 flu-related deaths so far for the 2017-2018 flu season”. The Student Health and Wellness Center at Otis College would like to educate everyone on ways to help our whole campus community stay healthy during this flu season.

Should I get the flu vaccine? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that an annual flu vaccine is the "the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses." Data shows that getting the flu shot can decrease the severity of your symptoms if you happen to still get the flu.

Tips for ways to protect yourself this flu season

  • Wash your hands. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water after using the toilet, coughing or blowing your nose or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper shirt sleeve, NOT with your hands.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands. This is the easiest way for germs to get into your body.
  • Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
  • Lastly, GET A FLU SHOT. The SHWC has free flu vaccines still available for all currently enrolled students.

If you are a student and feeling sick, please stop by or call to make an appointment to be seen at the SHWC. Location: 1st floor Ahmanson, Room 107. Phone Number: 310-846-5738.