Students combat influenza

One of the reasons the flu has been so prevalent in school is because people come to school sick”

— Nurse Plott

With all of the sickness going around today, there is one that many people are catching : the flu. The flu is a virus that attacks your immune system and makes you feel sick. Common symptoms of the flu include body soreness, aching, and sometimes a sore throat.

There are many ways to combat the flu and stay healthy. Some of these ways include washing your hands, sneezing into the bend of your elbow, and staying away from sick people. All it takes for sickness to come upon you is exposure. If you wash your hands, you can help to destroy the virus or bacteria on your hands. By sneezing or coughing into your elbow pit, you can help to contain the germs and stop them from spreading.

Many teachers recently have started to hold hand sanitizer bottles outside their door to help keep the germs contained. Practicing this can help to stop spreading because it helps to kill the germs before they have the chance to spread to other people. By killing bacteria before it enters the body, you can help to prevent getting sick. “I believe that students should have hand sanitizer before class to help keep the germs down,” said Mason Menefee (12).

This year’s flu has been rampant at our school. “One of the reasons the flu has been so prevalent in school is because people come to school sick,” said Nurse Plott. Many students feel like it is more important to come to school then to take a day off when they are sick. If you are sick, you need to take the day and make sure to be better before you come back to school.

This year’s flu has been especially deadly because over 6,600 people have been killed by it in 2019-2020. Over 100,000 people have been hospitalized by the flu. This year’s flu has been very far spread because people who are sick aren’t staying at home.

Even though the flu shot has been shown to be only 50% effective, Nurse Plott still recommends the flu shot. The flu shot isn’t always a perfect match and this can cause people who got the flu shot to still get the flu. “It’s the flu shot, so it’s gonna help,” said Shravan Janga (12). The flu shot works by injecting a weakened form of the flu virus into your body. This allows the body to create antibodies against the virus. These antibodies help to destroy the flu virus so that the person can feel better faster.

People in the school must follow these simple rules to help keep our school safe. Without proper hygiene and personal care, the flu will continue to run rampant in our school.