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Check the 411 Before Dialing 911: The Flu Virus

Nadine Haddad, Staff Writer

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With the rising concern of influenza in Georgia, questions have arisen about how safe it is for students to come to school or leave the house at all. The Georgia Department of Public Health most recently reported 66 deaths from the 2017-2018 flu season. Therefore, citizens should consider the effects it has towards the population and precautions to take in order to prevent there being any more victims.

The Georgia Department of Public Health reveals that the flu’s impact across Georgia from January 28 – February 3 was widespread and intense.

Addie Hobbs, a sophomore at Milton, who had the flu during the first week of February, says, “My symptoms were pretty horrible.” She had a 103.4 fever while constantly shivering, feeling light-headed and nauseous; she explains, “The most irritating [symptoms were] definitely the cough and [sore] throat.”

Hobbs reveals that she did not get the flu shot this year because she “think[s] they’re bogus.”  According to Time Magazine, the flu shot this year is only 17% effective. However, Time explains it is still imperative to be vaccinated since, although one still has a chance of getting the flu, it may reduce the symptoms.

According to CNBC, “Officials want at least 70 percent of people to get a flu shot.” A few years ago, Hobbs received the flu shot and caught the virus a week later. She manages her symptoms by sleeping a lot and taking a generous amount of Advil.

To reduce chances of getting the flu, it is important to: wash your hands often, not touch the mouth or nose and avoid close contact with people. Hobbs believes she contracted the flu from babysitting a child with a “pretty bad cold.”

To people sick with the flu, Hobbs advises “they should report it to the school clinic … then they will do more things about it in general.” It is important that the school board informs parents with updates and regulations regarding the safety of their students and methods to prevent them from getting sick. 

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