Influenza, More Like Influending it All

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Blowing your nose, You know it’s Flu season

Max Patton, Reporter

While everyone in the U.S. and around the world is worrying about the Ebola virus, the plain old flu virus is an ongoing issue. It will affect many more people and will cause more deaths than Ebola virus this year.

Between five and 20 percent of the human population will catch the flu this year. Of those people, nearly 200,000, mostly the elderly and younger children, will be hospitalized. And of those, 3,000 to 49,000 will die of flu related symptoms.

With the Ebola death toll at four in the United States versus thousands for the common flu, it’s not a bad idea to take a look at it’s symptoms and some easy ways to prevent yourself from catching the virus.  The most common flu symptoms are fever, cough, runny nose, headaches, chills, nausea, and fatigue. If you notice one or more of these symptoms, it is highly recommended that you go to your doctor.

Flu season peaks in January and February. This is due to the fact that the flu virus thrives in cold, dry conditions. Influenza, another name for the flu, actually means ‘disease of the cold’ in Italian.

“When I got the flu this year I was seeing dots and puked several times. I also had a bad migraine,” said So Paris Cutler.

The common flu has been around forever and people have never really thought much of it. It’s just a part of life. There is now a vaccine available to fight the common flu and many people get it each flu season. Few people know there is still a chance of getting the flu with the vaccine and there is controversy around its effectiveness. The death rate is not highly publicized.

In this past year the Ebola virus has spread from West Africa to some parts of the U.S and people and the media are increasing the level of worry. About 36,000 people die from the common flu yearly, and people are worrying about a virus that has killed just 1 of the 6 infected people in the U.S. There are many ways to help avoid the flu, and go through your year without even getting sick.

“In my opinion to avoid the flu you should drink a lot of water, eat right and wash your hands,” said Cutler.

As we understand and learn to recognize and address the flu we will become healthier. With the growing knowledge of medicine and vaccines it is becoming easier to find and help different viruses.

“I got the flu and had headaches and was puking, I wish I got the vaccine.” says Fr. Garrett Krispin.

According to www.mayoclinic.org , “The CDC recommends annual influenza vaccinations for everyone age 6 months or older.”

Even if you have not gotten the flu in the past it is always a good idea to get a yearly flu shot. As much as you hate shots or medicine, the vaccine will most likely keep you flu-free for the year.