Health Center: Infection: Preventing its Spread
- College students tend to live in close quarters, work long and often erratic hours, and sometimes engage in habits that can interfere with immune functioning. This can allow certain infections to spread quickly and easily among college populations.
- Frequent hand washing is the best way to cut down on the spread of infection.
- With respiratory tract infections, coughing and sneezing into tissues and away from others protects other people. Dispose of tissues properly and promptly and wash your hands!
- Don’t share silverware, cups, towels, etc. Kissing on the mouth can spread disease.
- Any body fluids (blood, vomit, stool) should be cleaned immediately. Gloves should be worn and hands should be carefully washed after.
- If you have a draining wound, keep it covered with a clean dry dressing. Any wet or saturated dressing should be changed promptly.
- Any significantly worsening infection should be checked by a health care provider.
- Smoking significantly with immune functioning.
- Immunizations can provide incredible protection. Consider getting a flu shot when they are available, usually in October or November. People with any decreased immune functioning or underlying health conditions should definitely get the shot. This includes people with Asthma, Diabetes, as well as people over the age of 50. Nursing students or other people who care for patients should always be properly immunized.