Flu Epidemic Spreads Across College Campuses and America

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Many are saying this is one of the worst years of the flu, and there are many cases to support this statement.

CNN reported that twenty-four states and New York City were reporting high levels of flu activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There have been a few recent reports that flu cases are decreasing in some areas within the United States, but the number of deaths has risen along with the number of states with reported cases. Flu levels have dropped in several states, according to the CDC, but there are still a high amount of cases in these areas.

Sarah Semroc, a junior at Michigan State University and a Residential Adviser in the dorms, is sick with a virus. She said this sickness is the worst and feels like everyone has been getting sick.

“I have been disinfecting my floors and door handles and taking four hour naps,” said Semroc. “I have already gone through a bottle of Nyquil and have been sleeping with a box of tissues.”

Grace O’Brien, also a student at Michigan State University studying Arts & Humanities, agrees with Lloyd, and does not feel the need to panic over the term “epidemic.”

“I don’t know anyone who has had it this year but it seems like everyone’s making an extra, big deal about it this year,” said O’Brien. “I am not concerned with getting the flu.”

If you have been debating on getting the flu vaccination, doctors are saying that it is better late than never. The shot is about 62% effective. Vaccine manufacturers told CNN on Thursday that there is plenty of vaccine for those who want to get a flu shot.

“I have never gotten the flu shot, and I will continue not to get it,” said Jaclynn Lloyd, an anthropology major at Michigan State University. “I am not afraid of getting sick. I take my vitamins, try to stay healthy and I use a lot of hand sanitizer.”

With classes being back in session, many peers who may be carrying the flu virus now surround students. It is extremely important to be extra cautious about your health and take care of yourself.

            Tips that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention give to help with not spreading the flu are ones which we have all heard before.

            1. Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.

            2. Use soap and warm water to wash your hands for 20 seconds.

            3. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer can also help disinfect your hands.

            4. Keep your distance from other people, avoiding close contact if you feel sick.

            5. Stay home from work, school or doing errands.

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