Flu Epidemic Keeping Students on Edge

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Posted Sat, Mar 9, 2013

No flu-ke! Without precautions many students can end up like this!

DENVER, Auraria Campus — Many college students know that in order to succeed in school, they must stay healthy and not miss class. While staying healthy and attending class has not been a major issue for students in the past that has changed this year due to the flu epidemic, which has hit the nation hard this year. Now, students are being very cautious of their health and their surroundings, in order to attend class and succeed.

This year’s flu season has been worse then in years past. Since Oct. 1, 2012 the Center for Diseases Control (CDC) estimates that 8,293-people have been hospitalized with the flu this season, only 2,356-were hospitalized with the flu during the 2011-2012 season. There have also, been 64-pediatric deaths caused by the flu this year according to the CDC; which is almost double the 34-pediatric deaths reported during the 2011-2012 flu season. What is even more staggering is that the flu season does not end until April, and this season’s statistics have already surpassed those of last season.

Luckily for students at the Auraria Campus, the flu has not hit the campus as hard as it could have.

“It seems we were on vacation during the worst of the flu season and the rest of the country. We did have more gastrointestinal flu cases this year than in the past, but the respiratory flu has been relatively mild,” says Paul Schadler,. who works in the Auraria Health Center“You might not want to say that to the people who have had it, because some of the cases have been very severe, with high fevers, severe lethargy, a lot of aches and pains, and a cough that can last several weeks.”

“It is something to be worried about, and (students) should be cautious in a collective group,” says Ryan Strong, a Metro State freshman about the possibility of being affected (affected?) with the flu. Strong and his father became ill this year, and thought they both had the flu; however, it turned out to be just bronchitis. Now, Strong is taking strong precautions after his recent scare.

“I am an herbalist, so I take lots of vitamins and wash my hands,” says Strong on his way of avoiding getting the flu.

While getting the flu is the concern for some, others are concerned about the attendance policy, and penalties that go with missing class.

“Attendance policy,” says CCD freshman Jason Kimel as he voices his concern over those with the flu coming to class and adds, “Nobody wants to miss class because their grade may drop.”

However, Schadler still does stress the importance of students taking care of themselves and not getting their fellow classmates sick.

“Students tend to push themselves pretty hard,” he says. “I would say taking it easy and scheduling some down time would probably be the most important thing they could do.” “It’s also important for all of us to remember that when we are sick, staying home so we do not spread it to others is a great idea.”

 

 

In addition to getting a flu shot other precautions to avoid the flu. Courtesy of the CDC

1. Avoid close contact.

2. Stay home when you are sick.

3. Cover your mouth and nose.

4. Clean your hands.

5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

6. Practice other good health habits.

About Davy Burke

Davy Burke is a broadcast journalism student at MSU-Denver. Davy is a big sports fan and enjoys watching, covering, and broadcasting sporting events. He is also passionate about writng any news story possible.

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8 Responses to “Flu Epidemic Keeping Students on Edge”

  1. Grace Says:

    Another thing that people overlook: their own health. I liked all the ways you can avoid getting the flu too, I definitely need that!!

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  2. Jen Sasser Says:

    Very relevant story for this time of year! Well-written!

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  3. J.R. Johnson Says:

    A nice and informative article. Also the CDC info really adds to the significance of the story.

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  4. Andrew Says:

    I like it only thing is “This year’s flu season has been worse then in years past.” *than

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  5. Stephanie Alderton Says:

    This is very helpful. I like the CDC list of precautions at the end.

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  6. Emily Pennetti Says:

    Great story liked the go to box at the end about how to stay healthy

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  7. Maureen Says:

    (affected?) yes, it’s affected. well-written otherwise.

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  8. A A Says:

    It is a useful story, with good information of health happenings as well as keeping oneself healthy

    Reply

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