Fight the flu – keeping UP’s campus community healthy

Posted on May 23, 2024

The flu season is well and truly upon us, and in light of the recent spike in flu-like symptoms on campuses at the University of Pretoria (UP), it’s important to be aware of any signs of illness.

While most cases are mild, high-risk groups such as pregnant women, those with chronic conditions, the elderly and young children can experience more severe symptoms.

Here are a few common symptoms to look out for:

  • Fever
  • Malaise
  • Headache
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Reduced sense of smell
  • Metallic taste
  • Chills
  • Cough

And here are a few tips on how to keep the flu at bay:

1. Get vaccinated: The flu vaccine is available at clinics and pharmacies or through your GP. It’s not too late to get vaccinated!

2. Practice good hygiene by washing your hands frequently with soap and water; also avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth.

3. Follow coughing and sneezing etiquette: Be sure to cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and dispose of tissues properly after use.

4. Stay at home if you are sick: If you feel unwell, avoid coming to campus to prevent spreading the illness, and seek medical attention if symptoms persist for three to seven days, or worsen.

By following these guidelines, we can help reduce the spread of the flu on campus. Stay informed, stay safe and let’s work together to fight the flu!

The UP Student Health Services has limited flu vaccines in stock. For more information on how to access them please visit:


- Author UP Student Health Services

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