Opinion / Editorial
Students take precautions against Flu epidemic
February 1, 2013Douglass High School
As of January 5, 2013, Flu cases continue to rise across the United States. More than 471 people have been hospitalized, and hospitals and Clinics are at their full capacity trying to take care of patients with severe symptoms.
“I keep a small hand sanitizer bottle with me at all times, and I try to stay away from people who sneeze or seem to be sick,” sophomore Alexis Bohannon said.
Students attending school should take extra precaution around this time. Students should stay home if they have any symptoms such as fever, nausea, cough, sore throat, or fatigue. Some people believe that the flu vaccine can’t actually cure anyone from the flu. More than 64.8 percent of Americans does not get a flu shot. Some doubt the vaccine’s safety and fear the side effects that come along with it. Also, some people have been known to get a cold or the flu from getting the flu shot because of the harsh chemicals used inside vaccine.
“I have never gotten a flu shot, and this makes me feel like I’m putting my life at risk every year,” junior Angelique Virgle said.
By Kierra Bradshaw