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Flu causes headaches

Flu causes headaches

Kelsi McDonald, Plainsmen Post Staff
March 1, 2018
The flu has stricken the nation, many people have been affected by this crippling illness.

According to, 2,897 pneumonia & influenza deaths have been reported in Texas this 2017-18 flu season. Of those deaths, 105 were in the Texas Panhandle.

Yvonne Blackwell, a nurse at the VA hospital, has seen more than 300 people during this flu outbreak.

“Over half of those tested positive for flu, some type A, some type B and some both,” Blackwell said.
She said that handwashing is the best way to prevent the flu as well as cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and objects.

“Get vaccinated. Every (VA) employee this year was required to get the flu vaccine or wear a mask while at work,” Blackwell said.

Staying home when sick helps keep the flu from spreading. Also, avoid close contact with those that are sick.

Blackwell warns to, “avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth after touching something contaminated without hand washing first,”

Zeljka Ilicic, a freshman at FPC, has been sick with both flu type A and B this semester.

“What started out as a little cough, progressed to fever, nausea, and a deeper cough,” Ilicic said.

Ilicic battled this illness by taking Tamiflu along with plenty of fluids and rest.

“That is all you can do since the flu is viral, your body will just kick it out eventually,” Ilicic said.

If one has the flu, it is best treated with rest and plenty of fluids. Treat the symptoms with decongestant and cough medicine. Antiviral drugs decrease the severity and duration of flu symptoms, first dose should be taken within the first 48 hours of the initial symptoms. It is recommended to go to the hospital if one begins to have difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, chest pain, or severe abdominal pain.

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