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The Flu Season continues to impact the nation.

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Getting a flu shot can help fight the deadly infection.

Getting a flu shot can help fight the deadly infection.

Melany Herrejon

Melany Herrejon

Getting a flu shot can help fight the deadly infection.

Melany Herrejon, Staff Writer

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The flu is a common viral infection that can be deadly. There are more than three million cases in the US each year. Every year the flu contains a new strain which leaves doctors and researchers attempting to create a vaccine that will be effective around the country. This year’s strain has been identified as the H3N2 strain, a more dangerous type that has been causing more deaths this flu season than average.

The vaccine offered in a flu shot is only 25 percent effective causing the worst flu season since 2009-2010. Although adult deaths are not reported nationally, the number of child deaths has reached 84. According to the Department of Health, the number of flu-related deaths in the state of Washington for 2017-2018 is reported to be 176 lab-confirmed deaths as of Feb 4, 2018.

Although the flu season is already underway, it is still recommended to get a flu shot as it is not expected for the epidemic to decline soon.

There are many ways you can protect yourself and decrease your chances of contacting the flu. It is important to constantly wash your hands to prevent the spread of germs. Staying away from people who know they have the infection is also another way to decrease your chances of obtaining this easily spread sickness.

It is not recommended to receive the flu vaccination nasally this year, as the CDC has concerns about its effectiveness. As a student, it is strongly recommended to stay home when you have the flu and return once you have fully recovered.

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