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By Bria Overs
As this unusually active flu season continues, it’s important that everyone protects themselves and those around them from the influenza virus and other illnesses.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that cases of the flu have increased in recent weeks for the United States with activity reported in 49 states.
Here are a few ways to protect yourself this season:
• Try to avoid close contact with sick people and if you are sick, keep contact with others limited.
• If you are sick with flu symptoms, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Keep your items and surfaces clean with disinfectants.
Lastly, according to the CDC getting a yearly flu vaccine is, “the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.”
If you interested in getting a flu shot, the Student Health Center is offering free vaccinations for students and $15 vaccines for faculty and staff. They are open Monday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and till 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Don’t forget to protect yourself and others this semester.