‘Tis the Season - Flu Season
What to do to prevent and treat the flu
Published: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 16:10
With the flu season beginning with full force, it is a good idea to know how to prevent and treat it. While there are the standard precautions such as the flu vaccine or washing one’s hands, there are also others that college students seem to forget.
One of which, is sleep. This may be difficult for students, especially with midterms upon us, but it is important to get the recommended eight hours every night.
Holly Behlke, a junior majoring in criminal justice and management communication, said sleep is a necessity.
“I love sleep,” Behlke said. ‘It helps me stay healthy. If I don’t get eight hours a night, I make sure I find time to take a nap the next day.”
Not only is sleep often forgotten, but taking antiviral medications are too.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention affirms that this is a successful form of treatment, especially for those that begin taking them within the first two days of exhibiting flu-like symptoms.
Antiviral medications are prescription drugs that come in various forms such as pills and liquid. These particular medications can make the illness milder and can shorten the time one is sick.
A physician at your local health center can prescribe these antiviral medicines if they feel they are appropriate.
Although these lesser-known precautions of the flu may be important to keep in mind, the flu shot is the most significant form of prevention.
On the Wallman Wellness Center website, it states that the safe and effective flu vaccine is the best defense from getting the flu. The vaccine is the best defense because it is made of a form of the killed flu virus, in which case, cannot give you the flu, but can prevent it.
Due to the virus changing each year, the vaccine changes as well. This is why it is important to get the vaccination annually.
This year, a flu shot clinic will offer vaccinations to NDSU students, staff and faculty for $20. The clinic will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 in the Prairie Rose Room in the Memorial Union.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the flu, visit the Student Health Service Center located in the Wellness Center off 18th Street North and Centennial Boulevard.
The staff is friendly and visits are free. Together, we can make this a healthy semester by taking first step and getting the flu vaccination.