shot in arm

A nurse injecting girl’s left arm.

So, Halloween is over. The costumes and decorative cobwebs are being shoved back into boxes until next year. We’re all preparing for the end of the semester, as well the holidays that mean a lot to us, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.

As the spooky season ends and we enter into the holiday season, there is something else we should all be preparing for, flu season. Influenza, or shortened as the flu, can be caught at any time of the year. Some of its symptoms include fevers, chills, muscle aches, coughs, congestions and more. According to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention, flu activity usually starts in October and peaks between December and February.

Now, we’ve barely made it out of the woods with COVID-19, we certainly don’t need an outbreak of the flu on campus.

We, the editorial staff of The East Carolinian, believe students, faculty and staff should aim at getting their flu shots.

It doesn’t matter whether or not you rarely get sick or if you hardly go outdoors. The flu does not care and holds no discrimination towards anyone.

With that being said, we should all tread carefully. It is not immediately known when we get sick and by the time we find out, we could’ve already passed it onto someone else.

Not only should we strive to get our flu shots but also use preventive measures every day to avoid the chances of getting sick. These include: washing your hands, trying to stay away from people who are already sick and covering your coughs and sneezes. Together, with everyone doing the best they can to avoid sickness, we can keep our campus safe.

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