Flu Running Rampant on College Campuses Across the Country

What is going on with this meteoric rise in the flu especially on college campuses this fall?

We expect to see the flu emerge in the depths of winter but this year, it is appearing early. Many students have yet to get their yearly flu shot. The flu vaccine, which is a regular late summer/fall vaccination for many people, has been put on hold in the face of COVID-19. With the uncertainty about whether individuals should get a COVID vaccination “booster,” people are waiting to get their flu shot. The difficulty in getting your regularly timed flu vaccine is that you may not get a COVID shot if you have had another vaccine within the last 30 days. As a result, with most students yet unvaccinated for the flu, it has emerged as a wave running through college campuses all over the United States.

With the limited precautions that college students are taking against COVID, when they are in close quarters in their dorms or in common areas and may be unmasked, it is very easy for them to spread the flu. The Centers for Disease Control reported that the flu was responsible for 21,909 deaths during the 2019-2020 flu season. This number was considered low compared to other years because of precautions being taken because of COVID. For college students who need to be attending classes daily, the flu is debilitating and highly contagious. Clearly, COVID has allowed the flu to make a resurgence and it is hitting college students like a tidal wave.

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