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Flu Virus Spiking on USC's Campus

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Hand sanitizer is easy way to help protect yourself from the flu Hand sanitizer is easy way to help protect yourself from the flu

By: Jordan Beck

The flu virus is not uncommon on a college campus, especially one with as many people as USC has.

A USC Thompson Student Health Center spokesperson reports they have had eight cases of the flu on campus since the beginning of the semester. Now while that may not seem like a lot to some, consider the fact they only report having three throughout last semester.

Why the spike this semester?

"Traveling is a big reason, because a lot of it comes from other areas" Lab Tech Raphael Bivens says.

Bivens believes many students brought viruses with them when classes resumed back in January. With all the contact of desks, doors, and even other students many go through every day, he says its no wonder the virus spread so rapidly.

There are a few simple things you can do to help protect yourself and others from catching the flu, and the Center for Disease Control has a few helpful tips to follow:

1. Get a flu shot.

  • The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine to anyone who's at risk of getting the flu virus, and the flu shot is designed to protect against the three viruses research says will be most common.

2. Take preventive action to stop the spread of germs

  • This may seem elementary but covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze can go a long way to help preventing the spread of germs.
  • Also, wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE.
  • Avoid contact with sick people and if your sick avoid contact with others. Bottom line, if you're sick and you think it might be the flu, just stay home.
  • Here is a flu symptoms list from the CDC to see if you have the flu.

3. Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them

  • Go to the doctor early to get checked if you think you have the flu.
  • If the doctor thinks you might have the flu and prescribes you medicine, TAKE IT.

Make sure you take the necessary steps to help protect yourself and others from catching and spreading the flu.

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