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On Campus: Battling the Flu

Christie Nah, Co-Editor

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With constant sneezes and coughs through the halls and a continuous flow of absences, this season’s flu outbreak has ultimately spread to our campus.

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Institute, this flu season has known to be the most widespread on record as millions of Americans are being infected by the influenza virus.

 

If a student has a fever of 100 degrees or more, school policy states that they are to be sent home by the school nurse. It has also stated that the student must stay home until the fever has gone down for 24 hours without the use of Tylenol, Ibuprofen or Aspirin.

 

“I was sick for a week before break and it was pretty severe because I ended up getting a lot of my friends and family sick,” junior Jesslyn McLaughlin said. “It was annoying since I had to miss most of my exams and now I have to make all of them up.”

 

The flu has not only been affecting students, but it has also been in effect to multiple teachers.

 

“The doctors told me that the flu isn’t contagious anymore until it has been five days, so I didn’t come to work for three days, not including the weekends,” English teacher Ashley Harris said. “Teachers obviously don’t want their students to get sick and that is one of our priorities to keep our students healthy.”

 

As students returned to campus on Jan. 9 from winter break, nurse Sally Albright confirms that more absence notes have been stacking up due to the disease than before the holiday week.

 

“Having a fever may seem trivial, but it may become severe, depending on the degree of temperature elevation,” Albright said. “To prevent this, we advise students to avoid close contact with people who are sick, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and make sure you always wash your hands.”

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