InFLUenza ‘17-‘18: Not Done Yet

By Anelisa Holder I Co-Editor

This year’s flu seems really bad, but according to a USA Today article: “Yes, the flu season is brutal, but it’s not the worst.”

There have been worse outbreaks.

But people need to be aware that the flu this winter season can be lethal.

One problem is that the epidemic started in November, which is earlier than usual, so people may let their guard down.

Another problem is that this flu, called H3N2, seems to be highly resistant to the flu vaccine.

The 2014-2015 flu was worse than this year’s flu, but the 2017-18 flu is making its own mark.

Contrary to popular opinion, the flu doesn’t just affect young children and senior citizens.

According to USA Today, many healthy adolescents have died this year because of the flu.

There have been at least 30 child deaths nationwide caused by the epidemic.

How can you protect yourself?

Wash your hands, stay away from sick people, get the flu shot — the usuals.

If you feel “a sudden fever, cough, body aches and headaches,” you might have the flu and you should see your doctor, wrote USA Today.

APA guidance counselor Mrs. Leslie Lewis said that it seems like her whole family has the flu, but not to worry because they live in Virginia!

Many APA faculty members have not heard of flu outbreaks locally, but most believe the 2018 flu stain seems resistant to the vaccine.

Good news, though: Parrott students may well be heeding doctors’ advice, as many students have yet to be sick with the flu.

 

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