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Healthy Hint: Immunizations

Healthy Hint: Immunizations

The cold weather is a sign that winter is coming, so it’s important that students stay healthy (Photo Courtesy Facebook/Illinois State University Health Services).

NORMAL – You know it’s wintertime when it’s chilly outside, which means it’s time to bundle up or you may get sick.

As an increasing number of students are feeling under the weather, they start to show symptoms of a cold or the flu, which are not the same. Nurse Bobbie Stevens differentiates the two:

“The flu is Influenza, and it’s usually distinguished by fever, sore throat, and cough, and it can last from anywhere from one to two weeks” Stevens said. “The cold is also a virus. It doesn’t usually last as long as the flu, and the symptoms are usually not as severe.”

The first step in preventing sickness is to get a flu shot, but there are other simple tasks that students can perform everyday to maintain good health in time for Thanksgiving.

“Cover your cough, wash your hands, stay home when you are sick, don’t share food or drinks, and get plenty of rest.”

For students that have yet to receive a flu shot, you can visit ISU Health Services to schedule an appointment.

Anthony Ferretti contributed to this story

WZND Newsroom

November 2nd, 2017

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