Flu and flu-like illnesses on the rise nationwide and at RB

by klubar | January 23, 2013 9:49 am

The flu season has reached new heights this year, the worst since 2009. According to the recent news coverage, over 50 people have died nationally from the flu so far. This year’s strain in the United States is H3N2 in comparison to last year being H1N1 according to a report by the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention).[1]

Locally at RB, there was a notable increase in flu-related absences prior to Winter Break.

“The biggest impact here at the school was attendance,” said Nurse Allison Jackson.

There has not been any reported outbreak of H3N2 specifically in schools so far; however there is still the threat of the flu causing issues with attendance and participation by athletes.

“The flu peaked among sports before break,” said Athletic Trainer Kristen Hughes.

This year the flu seems to be affecting the respiratory system and head more than the normal stomach and body ache-type flu.

According to the CDC, necessary preventions to avoid getting and spreading the flu include:

When should you return to school?  “When you can be fever free for 24 hours without medication,” said Jackson.

The flu shot was recommended by Jackson, Frey and Hughes as a preventive measure against getting influenza. The reason the flu season seems to be increasingly worse this year has been because of the mild winter we have been experiencing so far. A virus can survive between the temperatures of 160 degrees Fahrenheit to 30 degrees Fahrenheit.

Endnotes:
  1. report by the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention).: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/

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