Student Health Services
Purdue University Calumet
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April is STD Awareness Month! We invite you to learn more about the different types of STDs, ways of transmissions, and how common each one is.
- The Center for Disease Control estimatest that each year there are about 20 million new infections each year.
- HPV is the most common STD with an average of 14 million people catching it every year.
- Chlamydia is the second most common STD with an average of 2.8 million people catching it every year.
While the consequences of untreated STIs are often worse for young women, the new analysis reveals that the annual number of new infections is roughly equal among young women and young men (49 percent of incident STIs occurs among young men, vs. 51 percent among young women).
The Student Health Services Center still reccommends getting flu shots. Read this excerpt from the Center for Disease Control (CDC):
Why should people get vaccinated against the flu?
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Over a period of 31 seasons between 1976 and 2007, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. During a regular flu season, about 90 percent of deaths occur in people 65 years and older. The “seasonal flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May.
During this time, flu viruses are circulating in the population. An annual seasonal flu vaccine (either the flu shot or the nasal-spray flu vaccine) is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.
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