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Flu season returns

January 20, 2011 12:00AM

It's the beginning of the spring semester on campus and that means it is also flu season. Rita Girth, operations director for Pittsburg State University's Student Health Services, said several students have already shown up at the Student Health Center.

"We've had patients with both type-A and type-B influenza," Girth said, "but it's by no means an epidemic. It is what we expect during this time of year."

Janice Goedeke, director of the Crawford County Health Department, agreed.

"So far," Goedeke said, "we've had a pretty mild year for the flu."

Girth and Goedeke both said they had sufficient supplies of the flu vaccine available and that it is not too late for the vaccine to be effective in preventing the flu for this season.

Girth said recent cases of the flu on campus are a good reminder of the simple things students and staff can do to prevent the spread of the influenza virus.

In addition to getting a flu shot, the US Department of Health and Human Services advises:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Sneeze into the bend of your arm or a tissue, not into your hands.
  • If you're sick, stay home as much as possible except to get medical care.

For more information:

About the flu:

www.flu.gov

PSU Student Health Services:

620-235-4452

www.pittstate.edu/office/health

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