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Although we’ve been inundated with news about the ebola virus lately, the influenza virus is much more likely to be an issue for those of us in Idaho. TV station KXLF reported the first flu-related death in Idaho more than two weeks ago http://www.kxly.com/news/north-idaho-news/idaho-reports-first-flu-related-death-of-season/29025292 so if you haven’t gotten your flu vaccination, now is the time to do so.
Boise State University’s Health Services has a number of resources including free vaccinations: http://healthservices.boisestate.edu/resources/coldandflu/
Idaho’s Department of Health and Welfare offers detailed information about signs of the flu and what to do: http://www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Health/DiseasesConditions/Influenza/SeasonalInfluenza(Flu)/tabid/327/Default.aspx
And the CDC also has some pretty good, basic information about protecting yourself and others during flu season: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/stopgerms.htm
For more scholarly articles on influenza check out the databases collected on the Health Services library guide http://guides.boisestate.edu/health_sciences.
Above all, take care!
Michelle Armstrong and Elizabeth Ramsey