Typically the flu season peaks around the beginning of February and lasts for a couple of weeks, but this year the flu is making an appearance in early January. This is very uncommon, and many factors influenced its endurance.
Flu is the common name for influenza. It’s a virus that attacks the respiratory system and is very contagious. It can be transmitted through, contact of objects and coughing/sneezing. Being in school, or in a close community, you are at the highest risk for catching the flu.
The flu this season is at an epidemic outbreak. Doctors and scientists do not know why. They state that it can be a variety of things.
“Ironically the flu shot had such a strong strain, that it ‘matches’ with the flu, for reasons why so many people are getting sick,” said school nurse Joni Knapper.
A total of eighteen deaths have been announced nationwide because of the flu. Four fatalities were found in Michigan.
Symptoms of the flu include, nausea, vomiting, chills, fatigue, a high fever, and runny or stuff nose.
If anyone seems to have severe symptoms, then contact a doctor immediately.
“The reason death is a result of the flu is because people are not getting proper care,” said Knapper. “All students should have proper hand wash, exercise, and a minimum of eight hours of sleep.”
Most people are also getting sick longer than usual.
After recovering from the flu, secondary illnesses are a common result. These include pneumonia, strep throat and ear infections.
Researchers are hoping that the toll of flu viruses will decline. However if not, then this will be for sure the largest outbreak of influenza in recent years.
By Ellie Harnden