TO AVOID CATCHING THE FLU
- Get immunized as soon as possible! UHP-Medical Services offers several flu-shot clinics
during the fall semester and you can get the flu shot through the walk-in clinic while
the flu shot is available.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If
you are not near water, use an alcohol-based (60-95%) hand cleaner such as Purell.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick - do not kiss a sick person and do not
share cups, lipstick or eating utensils with a sick person.
- Try not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Beer, wine, cocktails and other alcoholic beverages DO NOT kill the flu virus, so
don't share your drinking cups or glasses.
- Face masks, although popular, are usually not helpful for protection from catching
the flu. If you have the flu, face masks are helpful in limiting the spread to other
- It is not too late for the Flu Vaccine which is the BEST prevention method of influenza.
- Taking Tamiflu as prophylaxis may help prevent influenza if you are around others
that are sick.
- One capsule once daily for 7-10 days for "close contacts" (ex. roommates, co-workers)
of individuals with active symptoms may help prevent influenza if you have been exposed,
but is only recommended for certain high risk condition
- May help lessen severity of influenza symptoms and possibly decrease illness duration.Cost
$67 to $95
- Requires a prescription.
- Side effects include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting or dizziness, each less than 10% of
- If you are a MSU student and think you should take Tamiflu, contact or visit UHP Medical
Services (406-994-2311; see clinic hours here). If you are not a MSU student, contact your personal physician or an Urgent