Cold & Flu Season: Are You Prepared?


The University of Tennessee Knoxville

Ways to help stay healthy and prevent germs

November calls for raking leaves, shoveling snow, Thanksgiving, and unfortunately, the official beginning of Michigan’s flu season. 

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, “The 2019-2020 influenza season is going to be harsh.” 

Here at Adams, the constant coughs and sneezes have already begun. Many students persevere through minor colds and illnesses to meet the attendance incentive policy. 

“Already this year, I have had two instances where I came to school when I should be at home. Many of my classmates have done the same,” said junior Gianna Humbert.

Students choosing to go to school while under the weather, risk staying sicker for longer and also can spread the illness to classmates. This can affect a large amount of students which could impact their ability to attend school.

“The incentive policy has increased our overall attendance,” said Safe Ed worker Tim Leader. 

In order to stay healthy this season, there are several things that can be done to lessen the odds of getting sick. Doctors are encouraging people to get their flu vaccine as soon as possible. This is recommended because the human body will be able to develop an earlier immunity to protect from the seasonal virus.

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What you don’t see when people sneeze.

Other ways to prevent getting sick include washing hands, drinking plenty of water, making healthy food choices, getting plenty of exercise, as well as enough sleep. Many of these preventive measures are not the first choice for high school students to make part of their daily routine making teenagers more prone to catch and possibly spread the seasonal flu or virus. Parents also can help their kids fight the battle of the flu by sending them to school equipped with such basics as hand sanitizers, Kleenex and Clorox wipes.

When students are informed on how to stay clean and healthy, it can beneficially impact the overall school attendance, allowing students time to focus on academics.