WEB EXCLUSIVE With the flu season peaking mid-January, students and teachers missing classes have become a regular event and many are fighting to remain healthy.
“I’ve been washing my hands and staying away from people who are sick,” freshman Charlotte Ehrlich said. “I haven’t been in close contact with anyone in a while, and I don’t hug people nowadays.”
This year the flu season has become more fatal, killing nearly 100 people in California in 2018 alone, according to the California Department of Public Health.
“With the increase in influenza impacting many communities across the entire state, it is important to get a flu shot now if you have not done so already,” California Department of Public Health Director Dr. Karen Smith said. “Although influenza season usually peaks between December and February, flu activity can occur as late as May, which means it is not too late to get vaccinated.”
Although some opt out of getting flu shots, it is easy to ward off germs by doing little things, such as not spreading germs when coughing.
“One of the ways I avoid spreading the flu is by coughing into my sleeve,” junior Jessica Louie said. “I’ve also been washing my hands often.”
Eating healthy is also an effective way to fight diseases, according to Kaiser Permanente.
“I’ve been taking vitamins to keep myself healthy,” junior Angelina Orefice said. “I also make sure that I’m getting my vitamins in my meals by doing things like drinking orange juice.”
It is important to stay away from people who do have the flu, as it has proven to be very contagious, according to a statement issued by the California Department of Public Health.
“I got a flu shot because the flu is especially bad this year,” Louie said. “With having siblings and my mom being a teacher, we are all exposed to a lot of people that could potentially infect us.”
Public health officials are advising everyone to get vaccinated this season. Flu shots are available in many different locations including Walgreens and local hospitals.