Fending off the flu

Sophomore Briauna Renne is suffering severely from the influenza this year.

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Sophomore Briauna Renne is suffering severely from the influenza this year.

By Maddie Fiorante, Staff Writer

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Take precautions against sickness! This season’s influenza is spreading rapidly throughout the U.S., and peaks in January to February. Although unpredictable in severity, the flu hits every year.

Oregon’s flu season this year appears worse than California and Washington. Hospitalizations have dramatically increased within the past few weeks from complaints of fever, coughing, sore throat, chills, nausea, congestion, and head/body aches. In Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties, 87 patients were hospitalized because of the flu. There have been 9 confirmed deaths. On the bright side, as medicine quality increases with time, the fight to protect yourself from H1N1 becomes easier every year. However, no one remains immune, because every particular illness changes slightly each year.

The best ways to avoid sickness recommended by doctors is to get vaccinated. Even in February, protection against the flu can help decrease risks of becoming infected. Shots, nasal spray, and other effective procedures are provided at any doctor’s office, and even in some stores like Target or Albertson’s. Other ways to battle the flu include getting as much as sleep as possible, consuming organic food, moderate exercise, and reducing stress levels. Even simple things like eating carrots or taking a walk can keep the disease away!

In short, immunization from a doctor or pharmacist can help prevent even the worst virus. Vaccinate today!