Fighting the Flu

By:  Olivia Riggin

Fighting the Flu

27,927…This is the surprisingly large number of  Seasonal Influenza outbreaks in Pennsylvania  so far this season. Just in Fayette County there have been 358 reported cases.  This Influenza outbreak is reported to be the most severe since at least 2009.

Seasonal Influenza(Flu) is a type of respiratory illness that is contagious. The Flu is a mild to severe illness. In some cases it can even lead to death. These instances are usually due to other conflicting health problems, age, or a weak immune system.

Some symptoms include:

  • fever and/or feverish chills
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • muscle or body aches
  • headaches
  • fatigue (weak and tired)
  • vomiting and/or diarrhea

Important Precautions to Prevent the Flu

  • Take a trip to your doctor’s office or a local pharmacy and get a Flu vaccination
  • Stay indoors until twenty-four hours after your fever is gone (cold-and-flu medicines containing the ingredient acetaminophen will reduce fever)
  • When coughing or sneezing cover your mouth, preferably in a tissue or on your forearm.  Sneezing in your hand can spread germs at a faster rate
  • Wash your hands regularly and effectively
  • Avoid excessively touching your nose, eyes or mouth
  • Disinfect regularly touched surfaces such as, counter tops, tables, doorknobs, computer keyboards, cell phones, etc.

For More Information Visit Theses Links:

Bing News:2013 Outbreak

U.S Food and Drug Administration

Seasonal Flu

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Uniontown High School online school newspaper Tomahawk Talk

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