Flu Outbreak Strikes


Kasey Durham, Contributing Writer

Disease has hit the school. The flu epidemic this year has latched onto countless victims within the last few weeks and left many quarantined for days.

Prevention is the sure way to avoid the flu. One can take precautions by getting vaccinations, take your vitamins, washing hands thoroughly and avoiding close contact with the affected.

“I can’t trace back where I got the disease, but my mom has gotten the flu twice this season, so it is very likely that I caught it from her,” senior Sofia Gonzalez said.

Victims are undergoing more intense and sudden symptoms than ever before. It is important that if you are experiencing the following symptoms that you alert your physician: excessive coughing or sneezing, a sore throat, body aches, a fever or fatigue.

“I was hanging out with my friends one night. We had a sleepover and when I woke up the next morning I felt like I had been hit by a truck. My back was aching and I felt very cold and hot at the same time,” Gonzales said.

The 2018 flu epidemic is also an effect of the most recent vaccination.  Influenza changes every year, and scientists are forced to predict what that change may be and adapt the vaccination accordingly.  However, there is not always a guaranteed success.

“I went to my doctor and got prescription medicine,” Gonzalez said. “Nevertheless, I was still sick for two weeks.”

According to the most recent statistics released by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.), this is projected to be the worst outbreak of influenza in the past 15 years — even worse than that of H1N1 in 2009.  This year’s strain, the H3N2, is historically considered one of the most deadly.

“I hope that next season I will be lucky enough to avoid the flu,” Gonzalez said. “I’ve had the flu every year since I was little and this was definitely the worst experience of illness I’ve had.”

If you find yourself at home, debilitated with the flu, here are some ways to alleviate your pain and make bed-rest more bearable: reading a book, finishing your homework, watching a throwback movie, listening to music, decontaminating your room, etc.