Students should take care of themselves this flu season

While most students enrolled at Christian colleges and universities are focused on getting back into the swing of things after winter break, others are concerned about catching the flu. According to Inside Higher Ed, many schools are taking a proactive approach to minimizing the number of cases reported on campus.

Health officials at some colleges across the country are thinking back to the swine flu epidemic of 2009 as a model for how to treat cases of this year’s flu virus. Some experts have warned that the strains of flu evident this year are much more virulent than those of last year, and university officials learned valuable approaches to flu management four years ago.

“The lessons that we learned are really applicable to what we’re doing now,” David R. McBride, director of student health services at Boston University, told the news source. “Since 2009 we’ve kind of geared up a bit for this every year, just because you never know exactly what’s going to happen.”

Many Christian colleges and universities have reported increased demand for vaccinations among the student population, which many experts say is a high-risk demographic.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most areas of the country are at elevated risk of influenza outbreaks, with 48 out of 54 national jurisdictions reporting elevated or widespread activity.

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