TAMUCC is taking precautions to fight the spread of flu on campus.
CORPUS CHRISTI -
The extreme flu season of 2017-2018 has already taken lives. Local university, Texas A&M Corpus Christi health officials are taking extra precautions to avoid a serious outbreak.
Before the winter holiday, the TAMUCC Health Center diagnosed 3-5 students as Influenza positive on a daily basis.
"We really don't know what we are going to see at this point but we are preparing for the worse," Director of the TAMUCC Health Center, Zelda Chacon, told KRIS 6 News.
On, Tuesday, January 16th, more than 12-thousand students will descend upon the campus. There will be social activities, communal gatherings, and shared facilities which make the student and faculty population more susceptible to getting the flu.
"Some measures that we are taking is, getting our janitorial staff ready to increase cleansing and disinfecting efforts," Chacon said.
Cleaning staff have been notified to thoroughly disinfect door handles, exam rooms and anything used frequently in a common area. The health clinic issues out disposable masks as well.
"Just to protect the others sitting in the waiting room that may not be here for that may be here for wellness-related things," said Chacon.
Lack of sleep and bad eating habits are synonymous with college life, but those factors make it even easier to get infected with the flu.
"We ask them to get 7-8 hours of sleep and also eat a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner," Chacon added.
The budget of a college student is something else the clinic is taking into consideration. They offer a $20 flu shot, which is one of the cheapest immunizations currently available.
"They are protected for an entire year after the vaccine has been administered," Chacon explained.
The staff even works with department heads and deans to make sure students who get sick can maintain their grades and stay the course to graduate.
"We have a flu packet, those flu packets contain not only excuses for their classes but also excuses for work because many of our students hold down jobs," Chacon said.
In addition to the 20 dollar flu shot, the TAMUCC Health Clinic has the authority to write a Tamiflu prescription for anyone who has come into contact with a person being treated for influenza.
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