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Flu season is knocking on USC's door

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The Thompson Student Health Center is located right by the Russell House University Union on campus. The Thompson Student Health Center is located right by the Russell House University Union on campus.
Washing hands often is an easy way to prevent the spread of germs and try to stay healthy. Washing hands often is an easy way to prevent the spread of germs and try to stay healthy.

By: Jenny Iler

     There are plenty of sick students walking around the University of South Carolina campus lately. That number is likely to increase when flu season actually hits the Columbia area. The Thompson Student Health Center has been bustling with coughing, sneezing and aching students looking for relief from cold, flu and allergy symptoms. Flu shots aren't available right now, but there are other ways students can try to stay healthy.

    Student Health Center spokesperson Marjorie Duffie said students should wash their hands often and shouldn't share food or drinks to prevent the spread of germs.

     First year student Samantha Connell said, "I've never gotten the flu shot but I am considering it this year, because I am living suite style. So it's four people and not just two. My whole floor is pretty close so I have a feeling it will spread pretty quickly."

    "Back home it usually hits us pretty early, because we have weird weather conditions," Connell, a New Jersey native, said. "I have a feeling with the weather we've been having [flu season] will probably come a lot earlier."

     Close living conditions and the weather are factors in student health, but music major Leland Rayner believes the stress of school can also really bring a student down.

    "I think students get more sick, especially, when work bogs down them and they don't get enough sleep," he said.   

     The Palo Alto Medical Foundation has a list on their website to you avoid catching the flu. They suggest avoiding contact with people who are sick and to be sure to sneeze or cough into the crook of an elbow or tissue instead of just a hand. These small steps could help a lot of students this flu season.

     If you're a USC student and you're feeling under the weather, you can make an appointment with the Student Health Center or visit the University Bookstore for over-the-counter medicines to relieve your symptoms. Duffie says the health center is trying their best to have the flu shot available by the end of September.

 

 

 

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