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Not just a flu season anymore
Doctor’s equipment and supplies in Rodda North nurse’s office. Photo by Emily Foley | Photo Editor | [email protected]

Every year the fall signals many things, but with the beginning of colder weather on the horizon many Americans are affected directly or indirectly by a not-so-festive bug called the flu. As if the flu and cold season wasn’t precarious enough, 2014 has seemingly added another possible threat to people’s health: the arrival of the Ebola virus.

Recent reports in Maine about nurse Kaci Hickox refusing to abide by a quarantine after returning from aid work in West Africa have added fuel to this fire, but according to health specialists, the risk of Ebola is not as substantial as the risk of other diseases in the United States.

At City College, students and Health Services personnel are paying attention to the threat but not panicking over Ebola or the flu season.

“I don’t feel threatened, but definitely more aware,” said City College student Kyle Henebury. “Anything even as small as a sneeze or a cough makes me think a little bit more now that something is out in the news like this.”

City College nurse Wendy Gomez said she is more concerned with illnesses other than Ebola.

“The way it’s being transmitted and got out of control in the regions that it did has a lot to do with control measures and sanitary conditions and other factors that we don’t have here,” said Gomez. “There are a lot of other diseases out there, including the flu, that are a greater threat to us than Ebola at this

Those who have experienced the flu, a respiratory virus, know how miserable it is, Gomez has some easy steps that may provide a better chance at fighting off the virus.
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A flu shot will help a great deal in avoiding the many different strains of the virus, according to Gomez. Flu shots are available at various drugstores like Walgreens and Rite Aid and range in price from $25 to $30.

Gomez said fl u shots are not available on campus because City College would need to contract out for the service, and it would not cost any less than getting the vaccine at local drugstores.

If someone has gotten the flu, these shots can still be helpful in avoiding a different strain of the virus, said Gomez, but people must be healthy when they
get their shots.

Gomez added that a few easy habits will help more than anything else during the flu season.

“Washing your hands, getting enough sleep and eating healthy are the three most important things to avoid illness,” said Gomez.
On the Sacramento City College website under “health services,” there is a link to websites with tips for avoiding flu and other seasonal illnesses as well as Centers for Disease Control links about Ebola.

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