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  • 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 people. 


  • 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 the time.
    • 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 Care clinic.