This year, the entire United States is seeing an increase in the flu, earning the title of an “epidemic” by the C.D.C. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting “widespread virus activity” in every continental state for the first time in the 13 years the organization has been monitoring the illness.
According to the Bowling Green Daily News, 200 cases off the flu have been reported in the Bowling Green area. The on- campus ratios aren’t looking any better: Graves Gilbert Clinic has confirmed 69 cases this semester alone, according to Victoria Peters, the graduate assistant at the Health Education and Promotion Department at Western Kentucky University.
Common symptoms of the flu include a sore throat, cough, chills, fever, body aches, and nausea. Those with these symptoms are encouraged to visit the doctor and avoid contact with others until the virus is gone. To avoid getting the flu, the Department of Health Education and Promotion encourages taking preventative measures such as hand washing, cleaning the areas used in public spaces, and avoiding those with the virus. As always, the flu vaccine is a major step toward preventing getting the sickness, and is available at the Graves Gilbert Clinic for free for those insured, or for $45 dollars without insurance.