Influenza A Rapidly Spreads in U.S. Schools

//ANDIE SRDOC//

The flu is spreading like wildfire throughout the country. Students are getting sick and continuing to attend school, which in turn affects their classmates, causing schools across America to close due to outbreaks.

Nurse Mary Evensen sent an email to the staff stating that “Influenza A is hitting hard, many students and staff [are being] diagnosed throughout the district and in our building.”

Students are beginning to notice the side effects of the virus on them and their close friends.

Sophomore Zoe Kirsch was sick for five days.

“I was wiped out for the first two days and I couldn’t do anything but sleep,” Kirsch said.

To help prevent the flu from spreading, here are some friendly reminders:

  • Stay home if you are sick; a minimum of 24 hours after your fever is gone (without fever reducing medication)
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Cover coughs
  • Avoid touching your face, that is the easiest way for viruses to spread
  • Get the shot, it’s not too late and it reduces your risk by 50-60 percent
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