Though returning to Harding can be a celebratory experience – catching up with friends, reminiscing the long break and sharing in new adventures – the sharing of germs is also prevalent on campus and the flu epidemic is taking its toll on the state of Arkansas.
According to www.arkansasonline.com, an abnormal amount of deaths have already been reported this season, reaching a high number of 15 fatalities due to the influenza epidemic. There are several preventative measures that can be taken on and off campus to stay healthy and stay away from the potential threat of the flu. Vaccinations are recommended and serve as the first protection against the flu. These can be received at Student Health Services for $15 as well as at local drugstores, doctors’ offices or clinics.
According to www.healthfinder.gov, the flu spreads quickly and from person to person by a virus that infects the nose, throat and lungs. Symptoms include high fever, headaches, tiredness, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and muscle aches. If you are sick, stay in your room for at least 24 hours after the fever has broken, wash your hands with hot water and soap, avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth and cover the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Be sure to do so in a tissue or your elbow, not the hand. Be mindful of your body and your friends as the illness strikes. Rest, hydrate and protect yourself from harmful germs and viruses.