Flu season hits University of Memphis hard

Flu season hits University of Memphis hard

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Wherever she goes on campus University of Memphis freshman Brittney Brown carries her bottle of hand sanitizer.

It's especially necessary this time of year. In just the past two weeks, the Student Health Center has seen more than two dozen students suffering from the flu virus.

Along with keeping her hands clean, Brown also decided to get the flu shot.

"I work around a lot of people at a car dealership," Brown explained when asked why she gets the flu shot.

Not all students on campus are as lucky. Tieranee Wilson just had the flu two weeks ago.

"I woke up one morning with a sore throat," Wilson said.

Despite that, she does not believe in getting the flu shot. She would rather suffer through the symptoms.

Jacqueline de Faux works at the Student Health Center. She said besides the flu shot there are some other ways to stay healthy.

"Washing your hands because flu germs are d roplets, they travel through the air," Jacqueline said. "They fall on any surface and if it's a hard surface they can live for 48 hours."

Health experts said in addition to washing your hands, you should also not sneeze into your hands. Instead, you should sneeze into the elbow bend in your arm. Also, make sure to exercise regularly and drink a lot of fluids.

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