Every year about 5% to 20% of the population in the United States gets the Flu. With a population of about 320 million, you do the math… anyway you cut it ..that’s a lot of people. And anyone can get it!
Influenza, commonly known as THE FLU, is a respiratory disease that is very contagious. It is easily spread through human to human contact with infected people who are coughing or sneezing. Symptoms range from mild to severe. . Each year over 36,000 people die from the flu. The best way to prevent the FLU is to get vaccinated.
Symptoms of the FLU include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, body aches, fatigue, vomiting/diarrhea, and headache and begin 1 to 3 days after the virus enters the body. It spreads through droplets that enter the air after people cough and sneeze. Others can breathe them in or get them on their hands after touching contaminated surfaces and get infected when they touch their eyes, nose and mouth. People are contagious and can spread the flu up to 24 hours before they feel sick and for about 1 week after symptoms begin. The time may be longer in children.
PREVENTION is the key and the best way to protect yourself is to get a FLU SHOT every year! The seasonal flu virus changes from year to year. Frequent hand washing with soap and water is also key. Remember to cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and if you are sick stay home and rest.
If you get the flu stay at home and rest. Avoid close contact with others and drink plenty of clear liquids to prevent dehydration. Treat fever and cough with over the counter medications remembering to read all labels prior to use. If you have a medical condition that puts you at higher risk of flu complications such as asthma or COPD call your doctor. Seek emergency medical treatment if you experience difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, and/or severe or persistent vomiting.
REMEMBER the BEST PROTECTION is the FLU VACCINE! GET YOURS TODAY!
GCU held it’s annual flu clinic on October 15th.
A record number of students, staff, and faculty received the flu vaccine.
Let’s keep GCU safe from the FLU!