- Grant enables UAB Hospital staff to feed underprivileged moms of newborns
- Military man coming to UAB for first time, graduates Saturday
- UAB’s College of Arts and Sciences to honor distinguished alumni and friends
- ‘Tis the season of giving — UAB launches holiday blood drive
- How a cybersecurity expert protects his smartphone
- ASC presents Take 6, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” Dec. 15
- Leeth named UAB School of Medicine assistant dean for strategic planning
- Coping with holiday grief
- New water plan saves big money
- Campus police offer holiday safety tips
- Alys Stephen Center Screens Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago
- Hospital feeds underprivileged new moms
- UAB’s Alys Stephens Center presents Yo-Yo Ma Dec. 6
- Southern Miss tops Blazers, 62-27, in season ending game
- Henry Panion selected for 2014 Alabama African-American History Calendar
Recent illnesses emerge on campus
Many students have come down with a variety of illness over the past three weeks. According to the UAB Student Health Services, sore throats are the most common condition, and about half of those result in strep. 10-15 students have been diagnosed with a mild influenza and the same goes for viral upper respiratory infections.
Since students are living in close quarters, Student Health advises that students get their flu shots early. Statistics show that sicknesses spread faster on a college campus. Washing hands is still the best way to prevent the spread of disease.
“If you cough or sneeze, get a tissue and cover both your nose and mouth,” remarks Michael Faircloth, Director of Student Health. “Once your done throw it away. Most students try to save it for later and put it in their pocket. No! Throw it away.”
Though last year’s flu season was considered mild, health experts warn that this year’s influenza is unpredictable and the disease could take a serious toll on many Americans.
If students are feeling light-headed or have unusual body aches, then stay at home. Faircloth notes, “Unless it is completely necessary, don’t go out. If you do, wear a mask. It really does make a difference.” Most diseases are airborne and acquired by sick people still going about their daily life.
For any further information, go to the CDC website.