Clinic advises caution in avoiding flu epidemic


The flu epidemic has reached all the way to the west coast of California. Photo used with permission of Tribune News Service.

Lance Marshall, Reporter

2018’s flu season has  is hitting areas across the country hard.

   “This year’s flu season is already the most widespread on record since health officials began keeping track 13 years ago” and has killed more children than what is typically expected for an outbreak, according to a Washington Post article.

      With flu season going around germs are everywhere especially since germs can spread quickly without anyone noticing. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze, or talk.

   “The best thing to do is to make sure you do plenty of hand washing so anytime you go to the restroom, are about to eat, or after you eat you will want to wash your hands”, School Nurse Donna Lund said. “I would also take time to wipe down your phone or any electronics like that at least once a day to keep it clean and germ free.”

   A person that does believe they have received the flu or at least the symptoms should report to the school nurse or tell their parents so an appointment can be scheduled and try to figure out what the problem is. According to Lund Fishers High School has only been reported two confirmed cases of the flu this year, although unreported cases might be much higher.

    “Biggest thing with the flu is you will probably have a high fever and like body aches or chills”, Lund said.