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Colleges Report Influenza-like Illnesses

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A few of Virginia's colleges and universities are reporting clusters of influenza-like illnesses as they await the availability of the vaccine for the H1N1 virus.

Many schools have been working with public health officials on influenza strategies and have set up H1N1 information pages on their websites with prevention, treatment and recovery guidelines.

The University of Virginia says 23 students have reported flu-like symptoms since the start of the academic year about 10 days ago. The University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University each have reported a handful of cases.

Colleges are particularly vulnerable to flu outbreaks because students live and socialize in close quarters, as well as travel frequently to and from school.

Many people who get the H1N1 virus become only mildly ill and most recover without treatment.

Meymo Lyons reports...


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