Preventing the Flu

Influenza, commonly called "the flu," is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. Although the timing of flu is very unpredictable and can vary from season to season, students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to take preventive measures to help limit the spread of flu.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that the most effective means is to get a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in helping to prevent flu related illnesses. Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments, and pharmacies. Since the Flu season typically peaks in February and can last as late as May, the ETBU community can still visit the following locations to get vaccinated now.

309 NE End Blvd, Marshall, TX 75670
(903) 923-0605

CVS Pharmacy
 400 SE End Blvd, Marshall, TX 75670
(903) 935-6661

Kroger Pharmacy
300 E End Blvd N, Marshall, TX 75670
(903) 935-7410

Good Sheppard Medical Center
811 S. Washington Ave, Marshall, Texas 75670
(903) 927-6000

Practice Good Health Habits

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to practice the following CDC guidelines for good health habits recommended each year during flu season:

  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue; discard the tissue in the trash; wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth as germs are spread this way and steer clear of close contact with people who appear to be ill.

  • If you get sick, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from spreading the flu.

  • Practice healthy habit such as get plenty of rest, manage your stress, exercise, eat right, and drink plenty of fluids.

Learn more about preventive measures and coping with the Flu by visiting the CDC website.