Last week, we watched the movie “Contagion” for our BIOL 140 lab, and it is still heavily influencing me up to this very day.
It seems as if I am much more cautious around others. Flu season is coming up, and just like the disease in “Contagion”, it is highly contagious. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that people with the flu can spread it to others up to 6 feet way. Wow! If any classmate sitting next to me catches the flu virus, I am most likely bound to catching it next!
The flu virus may be transmitted through respiratory transmission. This means if a person with the flu coughs, sneezes, or talks others may inhale the germs and contract the virus. Although less often, people may also catch the flu virus through fomites, transmission by touching an germ-infested surface.
Thankfully, unlike “Contagion”, there is already a vaccine made. We do not have to wait in lines or wait to sit through the “lottery system” they developed. I cannot recall ever getting the vaccine more than once; however, I think it is time to make sure I get the flu vaccine as soon as possible this season.