Healthy Campus Initiatives: Healthy Body

Cold and Flu

Many college students find themselves getting colds and coughs in the first few weeks of school. Being in a new setting and close to many people exposes students to new germs. The tips below from the Rowan University Student Health Center can help keep you healthy year-round.

• Wash your hands before eating. Use soap and warm water and rub your hands long enough to sing “Happy Birthday.” Carry antibacterial gel when you don’t have access to soap and water. Or use one of the stations around campus!

• Influenza is more severe than the typical cold or upper respiratory virus. Flu can be prevented by receiving a flu vaccine each year in the fall or early winter. “Flu shots” are available for students at the Student Health Center. Flu shot clinics are scheduled on campus for students and employees during the fall each year.

• Avoid sharing cigarettes or drinks with someone who is or has recently been sick. This includes kissing.

• Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough. Then wash your hands! Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

• Stay home when you’re sick. Talk to your professors about their absence policies. Email your professor when you miss class due to illness. Some professors may accept this as an excused absence while others may not.

• Consider visiting a health care provider (like the Student Health Center!) if you have a fever over 102F, if your symptoms have lasted more than 1-2 weeks, or if you notice a rash.

• Colds and most upper respiratory infections are viral infections and therefore cannot be treated by antibiotics. Bacterial infections (such as strep throat) can and are treated with antibiotics. Over-the-counter medication can help alleviate cold and upper respiratory symptoms. Antiviral medication can also help shorten the symptoms of influenza (flu) in some patients, but cannot be used for a cold. Call the Student Health Center to discuss which may help you.

Rowan wants you healthy! Visit our on-campus recourses:
Student Health Center