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Holiday Season is Over, Flu Season is Here.

Jordan Doughty, reporter

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The famous influenza virus, also known as the “flu” has not reached ‘epidemic’ proportions but it may be happening more soon than we know. Texas is one of the states that have reported high flu activity, with as many as twelve percent of doctors’ visits being related to flu-like symptoms. The number of patients in hospitals for flu-like illness has doubled in the past two weeks and is about thirty-five percent higher than this time last year. The dominant strain this year is H3N2, a form of influenza A. This strain is known to be more deadly than others,  with approximately 20,000 deaths in 2014-2015 when the strain also dominated. In Dallas County, there has been a reported eighteen deaths this year so far.

While it seems that there is no way in preventing this wide-spread virus from visiting those around you, there are precautions you can take in order to protect yourself this flu season:

  • Get a flu shot
  • Avoid close contact with those you think may affected
  • If you believe you may be sick, stay home
  • Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Take vitamins to help your immune system fight off pathogens

By following these actions you may be able to prevent the flu from getting the best of you. Good luck!

 

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