on the flu outbreak


“I just stay away from people with it. I wash my hands.”What would you do if someone with the flu was coming at you right now?”I’d probably run away.” –Michale Cedillo, sophomore

Ann Fitzmaurice

With this year’s flu outbreak the most widespread on record according to the CDC. Ten children have already died from the flu in the week ended on Jan. 13 and the total amount of deaths due to the illness reached 30. Since flu season started on Oct. 1, 8,900 people have been hospitalized with diagnosed influenza. The predominant strain of the flu this season is H3N2, which changes quicker in order to get around the human immune system than any other strain, resulting in more deaths and illnesses. With 30 teachers at RBHS out with illnesses since coming back from winter break and 17 since last week alone, RBHS is preparing to fight the outbreak and keep students and staff healthy.

How are you avoiding the flu outbreak this season?