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Tips to Stay Healthy This Winter

The Student Health Center recommends that all students respond quickly to flu-like symptoms. Typical symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, headache, and a sore throat.

With cases increasing during the winter months, the Student Health Center encourages everyone to take the following actions to minimize the risk of getting sick:

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  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds (Try singing the chorus to “Rocky Top” twice!)
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Do not share your food, drink, or utensils with others

Have you caught the flu? Here are some treatment measures you can take:

  • Use a cool-mist humidifier to increase air moisture for a cough
  • Gargle with warm or cold double-strength tea or saltwater or use over-the-counter throat lozenges for a sore throat
  • Use salt-water drops or over-the-counter nasal sprays or oral decongestants for a runny nose or congestion
  • Use warm compresses for muscle aches
  • Stay home until you have been fever-free for 24 hours
  • Get plenty of rest, which helps your body fight the virus
  • If you have a diminished appetite, you may prefer liquids at first
  • Drink at least eight glasses of water a day

If you need to schedule a same-day appointment at the Student Health Center, call the triage nurse at 865-974-5080.

A number of same-day evaluation times are available each day at the Student Health Center. Sixty percent of all daily appointments are available for same-day scheduling. These same-day appointments may only be scheduled by calling the triage nurse.