What to know about seasonal influenza

With weather conditions worsening and school frequently canceled, winter is here, and with winter comes the flu. Millions of people suffer from the seasonal flu virus each year. 

Be sure to cover all of you nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing. Avoid sneezing into hands in order to prevent spreading the virus. Photo by Caidyn Hutchinson

“We spend much more time indoors and have closer contact with one another, which makes the virus easier to spread,” said the Gull Lake High School nurse, Megan Asper.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, most experts think that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk. 

“People can get the flu by touching an object that has the virus on it and then touching their mucous membranes,” Asper said.

The best measures are preventable measures, according to the CDC, The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year, but this is not foolproof. Once infected Asper said that it’s important to rest and drink lots of fluid to let the body fight the infection. Your doctor may also prescribe an antiviral medication such as Tamiflu or Relenza.

Juan Salcedo

Juan Salcedo

Hi, my name is Juan Salcedo, and I am a sophomore at Gull Lake High School. After taking Mrs. Jolin's Multimedia and Journalism class, I found I adored writing about topics I found interesting, so taking Newspaper was a no-brainer. I look forward to writing many articles about subjects I am passionate about.

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