Flu season isn’t over. It can last into the spring months in some areas. Here are some tips from the University of Texas Medical Branch to help you stay healthy.
• Get vaccinated. It’s not too late. Getting the flu vaccine triggers your body to produce antibodies against three or four strains of the flu viruses. So, even if the vaccine is less effective against one strain, you are still getting protection from the other variations. In addition, if you do come down with the flu, the illness is usually less severe if you’ve had your flu vaccine.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way. If you blow your nose, wash your hands afterward.
• Don’t share food or drinks, cups, utensils, towels, pillows or bedding. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated.
• Keep eating a healthy diet, stay hydrated and make sure you get plenty of rest. Daily exercise also helps.
• If you come down with the flu, stay home and prevent spreading it to others. The rule of thumb is to stay home for at least 24 hours after you are fever free.
HELPING THOSE IN NEED
UTMB’s Galveston and League City campuses donated more than 1,500 pounds of nonperishable food items as a community partner in the 37th annual ABC13 Share Your Holidays food drive in December 2017. Lori Blackwell, UTMB’s coordinator for the food drive and administrative manager with university events and conferences, was joined by Larry Krcma, associate vice president of university events, and Julian Ramirez, catering attendant, to drop off UTMB’s contributions at Ball High School in Galveston. All contributions collected in Galveston County are administered by the Galveston County Food Bank for distribution throughout the local area.
LECTURE: EXERCISE IS
The next installment of the Lefeber Winter Series on Aging, will be about the benefits of exercise — especially in seniors. Dr. Marcas M. Bamman, professor in the departments of physiology and biophysics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will be the featured speaker. His presentation, “Exercise is Regenerative Medicine: Optimizing the Prescription to Counteract Aging Muscle Atrophy,” is at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Caduceus Room in the Administration Building on the Galveston Campus. The lecture is open to the general public. For information, call Stephanie Burt, 409-266-9675.