As you probably know, we are currently in the midst of the flu season. Whether you have got it or not this year, there are many key ideas that students should be informed on about the flu.
This week, I interviewed the school nurse, Lindsay Stocki and got some valuable input regarding how students should treat the illness. She also touched on how we can not only take care of ourselves but the people around us.
The flu season is considered to be the late fall and winter months, November-March, so we are in that season right now. Although we are approaching the end of it, the illness is still a threat.
There are many ways in which we can avoid getting the flu. The first way is by receiving the flu vaccination. Though this does not mean you are 100% in the clear, it is still a good thing to get. Nurse Lindsay says that “Even if it isn’t 100% effective if you do get the flu it isn’t going to be as severe.”
This is important to note because although you may still get the sickness, it may not be as harsh or prominent as it would be without the vaccination.
She also says that “The best way to prevent it is washing your hands a lot or using hand sanitizer. You should also cough into a tissue or your sleeve. The flu is transmitted via respiratory droplets” This tip can prevent yourself from getting the flu and also keeps others around you germ-free.
Now, what if you do get the flu? How should you treat it and at what point do you visit the doctor? Lindsay says that “As soon as you have the high fever. With the flu, the classic symptom is a fever. If you get that fever of 102 you can go in and they might give you antivirals.”
According to CNN News, “The number of people infected with influenza is believed to be much higher because not everyone goes to their doctor when they are sick, nor do doctors test every patient.”
If you are having flu-like symptoms, doctor visits are ideal to eliminate the germ going around and also to get treatment. The Mayo Clinic says that “Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches, and fatigue.”
If you are experiencing these symptoms listed above, there are a few precautionary steps that you can take like visiting the doctor and just staying home. Getting sleep and rest are helpful to get over any illness.
Lastly, it is important to stay home if you have the flu. If you are having these symptoms, you want to be sure to stay home to prevent less spread of germs to your peers and teachers.
She also says that “You should be fever free for 24 hours without a fever-reducing medication like Advil or Tylenol.”
The flu is a serious disease that Nurse Lindsay says, “you want to use symptom management to control the high fever making sure that it doesn’t turn into pneumonia. Since the flu is a respiratory disease, you just have to make sure that it doesn’t develop into something else.”
As the illness spreads, more and more people need to be informed about how to take care of themselves and should understand the symptoms. Knowing some of the tips to protect yourself are vital to straying away from influenza.
And don’t forget the most important thing you can do to help you and those around you is washing your hands sufficiently throughout the day!