By Courtney Mata |Staff Writer|
Two people have died in the San Bernardino county due to recent flu virus and six people have died in Los Angeles County, according to The Sun.
According to the Centers for Diseases, people at high risk are children under the age of five, anyone over 65 and pregnant women.
Despite this, the most recent flu virus is having a greater effect on young adults, which is normally not the case.
“Thirty-five states are now experiencing widespread activity and 20 states are reporting high levels of influenza-like illness,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“I am not getting any kind of flu shot, I am not against them. I believe flu shots are not necessary until your older or for infants,” said student Edgar Martinez.
Many students believe that getting a flu shot may have a negative effect on their bodies and that they will get sick from the shots.
Dr. Patricia Smith, CSUSB Director of Student Health, insists that students get a flu shot.
“Many students believe that the flu shot will get them sick and that is not the case. Anytime a student does get sick after a flu shot, it is because they already had the flu strain in their body,” explained Smith.
Smith adds that it is not too late to get the flu shot and right now is the best time to get one.
Anyone that works with a constant interaction of different people or students should consider getting a shot.
California is in flu season and being surrounded by classmates or peers could spread the virus.
During the holidays, there was a high number of Californians traveling to the East Coast for the holidays. After the holidays, the travelers may have possibly carried the virus over.
“Wash your hands, avoid touching your face, and do not share drinks with others,” said Smith.
Constantly covering your mouth when coughing and sanitizing your hands as often as possible will help prevent spreading.
Students should also be careful to not confuse the flu with a common cold. A flu involves a high fever and body aches.A cold is common and often confused by the flu. Colds consists of a running nose, sore throat, and a slight headache. Students must keep in mind that California has yet to hit its peak in flu season.Seasonal influenza outbreaks can happen as early as October, but most of the time influenza activity peaks in January or later. “Students should get the flu shot, it’s offered here on campus. The cost is $15 for students and $25 for staff. If you are a student involved in Greek life or live in the dorms, you are at a higher risk than others to get sick,” stated Smith. The H1N1 virus has cost lives in the past and it could again. World War I death toll estimated 50 million lives lost to the influenza epidemic. Because of today’s modern medicine technology, we can help avoid any other illnesses. Contact the Student Health Center for info on H1N1 at (909) 537-5241.