The flu is a common illness in any population, and it usually takes a few days for a person to recover from it. This year it has been projected that there will be many outbreaks that will affect many people, and people should prepare to get their flu shots.

Savannah State University's Harris-McDew Student Health Center offers shots for students under the health insurance plan. The school can then submit insurance claims to the relevant companies. For those without insurance, the cost of getting a flu shot outside campus is still affordable. At Walgreens, for example, students can get a flu shot at thirty to forty dollars. Flu shots are quite accessible and affordable for everyone. 

The CDC issues guidelines on how to manage the flu and avoid infecting others as it's a highly infectious disease.

1) Avoid contact with others when an individual is sick in order to limit the spread of the flu.

2) Avoid contact with those infected by the flu, especially when one is not sick.

3) Common influenza symptoms include coughing and sneezing, and the sick should always cover their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing.

4) Sick people should wash their hands with soap and water frequently.

5) If an individual begins to feel unwell, it is crucial they seek medical attention as early as possible as some medications limit infection severity if taken early enough.

6) Infected individuals should avoid touching their face, such as the eyes and nose to avoid spreading germs.

7) Surfaces should be disinfected to prevent the spread of germs.

8) Infected individuals should stay home for approximately 24 hours after their fever goes away except when it is very necessary. 

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