Flu Season, stay on top of it!

October 5, 2011


Photo: Courtesy of David Castillo Dominici

School has started and we are all getting into the flow of things - going to class, hitting the gym, and frequenting the food halls with our friends. While this is all fine and dandy, there is something looming around the corner… Flu Season! Don’t be too afraid. There are three easy ways to combat this issue as set forth by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. First and foremost, get a flu vaccination! UNH Health Services will be providing a Flu Clinic on Wednesday, October 5 in the MUB Granite State room. It is easy and relatively cheap. You go in there, pay either $20 or $25 and then get yourself vaccinated! Now, $20 may seem expensive for a poor college student, but look at it this way: it is one and done. It takes less than half an hour and lasts you the entire flu season. If you don't get the vaccine, and you get the flu, not only will you spend a week or more feeling ill, you will spend more money on over the counter drugs (i.e Halls – 1.99; Mucinex – 31.99; Theraflu - 6.49; Robitussin – 6.49) and chicken soup. Getting sick is expensive! Be smart. Get the flu vaccination. Second, the CDC suggests you wash your hands, cover your nose/mouth when you cough or sneeze, and avoid contact with sick people.  Lastly, the CDC suggests that if you DO get sick, take prescription antiviral drugs. They will assist in the healing process.

How do I know if I have the flu, you ask? You know your body better than anyone else. If you notice you have headaches, your body aches, you're sneezing, sniffling, coughing, you have a sore throat - you may have contracted the virus. If you notice these things ACT QUICK! The sooner you tend to the illness the better.


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