Flu Season is Here

The flu virus arrived as it does every time during this season.  This year 24 states have reported a high level of influenza-like illness, which is why the CDC recommends annual influenza vaccinations. The Cal State San Marcos community is encouraged to get them annually.

The first recommended line of defense from the flu virus is to receive your flu shot annually. It provides the best chance of an individual from becoming infected with the flu virus. The sooner an individual receives the flu vaccine, the better their chances are that they will not become infected with the flu virus.  The sooner an individual receives the flu vaccine, the quicker the immune system will develop immunity to the flu virus and protect from future infections.

There is several ways the flu virus can be transmitted. An infected person with the flu virus can spread the flu by sneezing or coughing, which can release infected droplets into the air. These droplets then can come into contact with another individual by either breathing them in or landing on an object where another individual comes in contact with this object. The droplet is then transferred to the individual’s hand, allowing for the potential of the virus to enter the body through the mouth, nose or eyes. 

To help prevent the transmission of the flu virus, it is important that people understand the symptoms of the flu virus, stay home if they are sick, and to cover their mouth and nose when sneezing to help reduce the spread of the virus.  A few days after exposure to the flu virus, common symptoms are chills, a fever above 100F, achiness, tiredness, and coughing. Throughout the day, people should wash their hands regularly to remove the flu virus.  If an individual is sick in the household, keep that person separated from everyone else and use a disinfectant around the house to help remove the flu virus and reduce the potential of transmission.

For more information on the flu virus, please contact Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) at 760-750-4915. CSUSM will also be setting up additional hand sanitizers around campus and SHCS will be providing flu vaccines for students and staff.

Useful links

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/stopgerms.htm

http://www.who.int/topics/influenza/en/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYwypSLiaTU

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