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Abby Galdamez, Staff Reporter

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The flu has now reached almost all states except Hawaii, according to the weekly flu report released Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The San Diego County Health Agency has reported 91 deaths so far, very close to the current record of 97 set during the winter of 2014-2015.

Flu Season is normally around January and February, however, this year it had an early start. Hospitals began getting patients with flu-like symptoms since December. Hospitals have been forced to set up triage tents in parking lots, divert ambulances and ask emergency department staffs to work double shifts.

A theory arose that there is a shortage in flu medications has come out, but it has been confirmed that that is a false statement by Dr. Gilberto Chávez, state epidemiologist and deputy director of the Center for Infectious Diseases at the California Department of Public Health. There has simply been high demand for that product this season.

An abnormally large number of students have checked into the nurse and leave due to flu-like symptoms here at Otay. According to the nurse, Gomercinda Feliciano, at least 7 students daily have been going in feeling ill and at least 2 go home. December was the worst month, Feliciano was unable to recall the exact amount of children who were sick since there was “too many to count.”

“I would say that about 30 percent actually state they have missed school because of the flu,” said Nathalie Quiroz, attendance tech.

She adds on that 30 percent is only from children who do provide a note, but with those who don’t that percentage could be bigger.

Several students will often just stay home for multiple days unaware of when the right time to go to the doctor is.

Watch for these signs of an emergency when you have the flu:
●Difficulty breathing.
●Shortness of breath.
●Chest pain or severe abdominal pain.
●Confusion.
●Sudden dizziness.
●Severe vomiting or vomiting that won’t stop

Tips to avoid getting the flu
●Get a flu shot. It’s the No. 1 thing you can do to prevent the flu.
●Wash your hands frequently
●Purchase and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
●Avoid contact to people who are sick.
●Keep your surroundings clean.

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