By: Hope Winningham
According to a recent DSHS report “Influenza activity is increasing across the state of Texas.” Flu season has already started and is predicted to hit it’s peak from December until February and students should follow certain precautions to prevent catching the flu.
Many establishments require workers to get a flu shot to make sure they are staying healthy. Most healthcare insurance immunizations are included in the cost of your insurance or one can go through a local pharmacy that provides immunizations.
According to CDC.com here are a few symptoms of the flu:
*Fever or feeling feverish/chills
*Runny or stuffy nose
*Muscle or body aches
These are just to name a few. If you or someone you know are experiencing these symptoms consult with a doctor.
OLLU students have a different ways of preparing for this flu season and avoiding getting sick. “I have been washing my hands after touching everything because I know how contagious the flu can be,” Gracie Sibrian said. Once someone catches the flu it is next to impossible to get rid of it without hospital care. Sibrian said when she gets sick she “makes ginger tea” to clear her sinuses. For college students who do not have the proper resources this probably would be the best route taken.
If you need your flu shot to combat this year’s flu season approaching make sure to visit OLLUs’ Wellness and Activity Center (UWAC) for your flu shot.
Student who do not have the resources for the vaccine can visit the UWAC for an immunization.