Blow Your Nose and Stay Home

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The campus seems to be spreading the flu like wild fire.

“About 10 students have gone home with flu like symptoms since the beginning of the year,” said nurse Maria Olivero.

Students have been going to the nurses’ office complaining of headaches, stomach pains, nausea, fever, and chills this season more than ever.

“My tonsils were the fist to start hurting. Then, a scratchy throat, an ear ache, a head ache, a fever, and my whole body felt weak. Everything came on so fast and left my body so fast, which was weird,” said junior Gisselle Rutia.

Symptoms of the flu include cough, soar throat, runny or stuffy nose, bodyaches, headaches, fatigue, and fever, though not everyone with the flu may experience a fever.

The influenza virus spreads in communities through little droplets of saliva inhaled or touched by one person after an infected person has coughed, sneezed, or even talked near them. With limited air space and close quarters in classrooms, schools are breeding grounds for flu causing viruses.

“You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick,” states the Center for Disease Control on their website.

The seasonal sickness is caused by the many different strains of the influenza virus. This year’s flu strains include class A influenza viruses H1N1, H3N2, and a few class B influenza viruses yet to be identified.These illnesses can infect the respiratory track very quickly and leave a person feeling weak.

Courtesy of the Center for Disease Control, www.cdc.gov
Courtesy of the Center for Disease Control, http://www.cdc.gov

According to the CDC 5-20% of the US gets the flu and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications. Currently, only nine states classify as having flu break outs that are regional, whereas the remaining 41 have widespread breakouts.

The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot or the flu-preventing nasal spray. These prevention methods protect from two influenza A viruses and one influenza B virus. The shot can take up to two weaks to create antibodies in a person and be effective and the spray should only be used on healthy people.

The flu season usually peaks in January. Ideally, the best time to get vaccinated is in October, however being vaccinated while the flu is circulating is still helpful. The flu symptoms can last two days to a five, however four days or more is in severe cases.

So if you’re feeling like you have the flu, it’s better to blow your nose and stay home.

This article was originally posted by Newsbytes Online.

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