Flu season starts late, hits hard

How to stay healthy this flu season.

Maren McGehee

How to stay healthy this flu season.


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Running a fever of 100.1 degrees Fahrenheit, freshman Corinne Mayfield woke up from a three hour nap after falling asleep at noon. She has slept for nine hours today, and in all the time she’s been awake, she hasn’t eaten anything. It has gone on like this for four days now, as she’s been sick with the flu.

The flu is generally non-fatal to the average person. It can, however, have a severe effect on the very old and young. This includes the small children who reside in our nursery. This could potentially be a very dangerous situation if a student where to catch something and unknowingly spread it to the children. It could also be spread to any of the pregnant students or teachers, which can result in birth defects, premature delivery or even a loss of the child in more extreme cases.

How to stay healthy

“If you wanted to wear a mask around, that would be a way to prevent it, but somebody could cough on a surface and you could touch it and put it to your mouth and then you’d get the flu,” said school nurse Wendy Miller.

When we came back in the week of Jan 28, all of the school’s surfaces like tables, keyboards, water fountains, etcetera, were used more frequently than they had been in the past month or so. The more students touched the surfaces, the more bacteria and viruses gathered on the surfaces around the school. With that, school nurse Angela  Knupp and Miller predict that there will be a sharp increase in the amount of students absent in the late February and early March weeks.

To keep this from happening, Miller and Knupp advise students to wash their hands and stay home if they feel like they could potentially have caught something contagious.

“We had Christmas break, then we had a snow day and then we had two days off, so we haven’t been in the same building with almost 2000 people all in the same place,” said Knupp, ”If it’s going to spread, now would be the time that it start[s].”

Although the many students think they could have the flu, they could simply have a cold. Of course they wouldn’t test positive for the flu, but the symptoms in themselves are different as well. The flu can knock a person out for almost a week, taking them out of school and, depending on the severity, prevent them from doing work at home.

“It caused me to miss a lot of school, and now I have a lot of makeup work,” said Mayfield, “It’s really stressing me out.”

The flu can impact your school and home life in quite a negative way. It feels bad, forces you to stay home and prevents you from getting all your work done when it should be. This season, remember to be cautious about what you drink from, what you are touching and the people you are around.

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