Flu Season is Back

The epidemic flu is around and it is ready to contaminate the students of Lotus! 

The flu is a contagious illness that is caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat and sometimes the lungs. It causes severe illnesses or even death in extreme cases.

These common viruses are highly contagious and can be passed on while talking, or during physical contact, such as shaking hands. 

Most experts believe that the flu spreads from tiny droplets that land on people nearby when you cough or sneeze. 

This year the CDC estimated about 9 million to 45 million caught the flu and between 140,000 to 810,000 are hospitalized. 

Now you’re wondering, how do you avoid catching the flu? Getting a flu vaccine is the best chance at reducing the chances of catching it. The flu shot isn’t 100% reliable, but it does reduce the risk by 40-60%. As well as getting vaccinated, good health habits will reduce the risk of having the flu. Things such as washing your hands or coughing or sneezing onto your sleeve. Make sure you wash your hands with soap and water for 30 seconds. Also, if you’re feeling sick, stay home!