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Oct 13

It’s FLU Season…again!

Every Year in the US:

 5% to 20% of the population get the Flu

GCU President Dr. Marbach gets his shot!

GCU President Dr. Marbach gets his shot!

200,000 are hospitalized with Flu complications

36,000 people die from the FLU

The FLU season is an unpredictable as the weather. While the flu activity is present every year, the onset, severity, and length of the season varies from one year to the next. In addition, the flu viruses are constantly changing and new viruses may appear each year. Since the flu virus is very unpredictable, vaccination is critical before the flu hits. Flu or Influenza outbreaks can occur as early as October or as late as May.

z1GCU Health Services hosted their annual Flu Clinic on Wednesday, October 7th in the Casino.

GCU Health Services is encouraging everyone to take these simple steps to keep yourself and those around you be as healthy as possible during the flu season.

1. Get vaccinated- It is the BEST way to prevent getting the flu. Flu vaccines are available at the Health Center for $25. We can not accept insurance. Please visit your local pharmacy or physician if you have health insurance coverage.

2. Wash Your hands-Frequent hand washing keeps a lot of germ outside of our bodies. Use a hand sanitizer if soap & water are not available.

3. Use tissues to block a sneeze or cough-This helps prevent the spread of disease. No tissue available? Use

Dr. Field, Professor of Psychology chairperson, protecting herself against the flu

Dr. Field, Professor of Psychology, Chairperson, protecting herself against the flu.

your sleeve. Always dispose of used tissues into receptacles.

4. Stay HOME when you are SICK- E-mail your instructor rather than going to class sick where you can spread.

Historically, students who get the flu are unable to attend classes for about 5 days. They can be infectious 1 day before symptoms develop and 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. That means that the flu virus can spread before you know you are sick as well as while you are sick. Certain health conditions such as asthma and diabetes may contribute to serious flu complications that may require hospitalization.

The 2015-2016 flu vaccines contain updated H3N2 and Influenza B components, the strain that sickened many last year.

For further information on this years flu and flu vaccine, please visit:

www.cdc.gov/flu/

                 

 

1 comment

  1. Tanayah

    Cover your mouth, Wash you hands. Stop the Spread of the flu.

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