Employee Health and Wellness

The mission of the UNK Employee Health and Wellness Program is to provide an organized program intended to assist employees in making positive voluntary behavior changes.  Reducing health risks and enhancing individual morality will create a positive, health work environment and community. 

BCBS Mobile Applications  

Go to www.nebraskablue.com/mobile where you'll find mobile sites, free apps and resources to stay healthy and connected.

Are You Smarter Than The
Cold & Flu?

Is it a cold? Is it the flu? Should I go to the doctor? Call in sick? These are just a few of the questions that pop up for millions of Americans as we enter into
cold and flu season. And although these illnesses have been around since the dark ages, many of us are still in the dark when it comes to answering these questions correctly.
Take this quick test to see how you stack up:

True or False

Both the common cold and the flu can be treated with antibiotics.

False. Neither can be treated with antibiotics. The common cold and seasonal influenza are viral diseases that infect the upper respiratory system.
So, antibiotics have absolutely no effect on the common cold or flu. Complications from the cold virus, such as ear or sinus infections can be treated with antibiotics.

The stomach flu and seasonal influenza are the same thing.

False. The word “flu” is often incorrectly used to describe stomach illnesses. Gastrointestinal viruses are called the “stomach flu,” but they have no connection to seasonal influenza viruses. If you suffer vomiting and diarrhea, but no fever or body ache, you probably do not have the seasonal flu.

You should see a doctor immediately if you have the seasonal flu.

False. If you have the seasonal flu, you will certainly feel terrible. In addition to congestion and cough, you’re apt to have nasty body aches and fever, but immediately seeing a doctor usually isn't necessary. Plenty of rest and clear fluids like water and broth will help you recover.

Do see a doctor right away if you’re having difficulty breathing, experience severe painful swallowing or have a fever that won’t go away after a few days—these could all be signs of a secondary condition that requires medical attention

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