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Local colleges try to ward off flu

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- Colleges are back in session. Viterbo started a couple of weeks ago and UW-La Crosse students started classes Monday.

With students living and working in close corridors, university health clinics are working to prevent flu outbreaks.

Posters scattered on both campuses promote good hand washing and recommend avoiding touching your face.

For students who have the flu, the health clinics at the schools want them to be aware of resources. UW-L still has flu shots available for $12. Viterbo is actually out of flu vaccines but will help connect students with a local clinic that does have them available. Students who are ill are encouraged to stay out of class.

"Here on campus, if they're living on campus, we'll arrange for a sick tray," said Sue Danielson, an RN at Viterbo University. "So if they're sick, I don't want them in the cafeteria. What better place with a large gathering, we don't want them there."

UW-L has a similar program, to allow a roommate or friend to go to the cafeteria and pick up food for a sick classmate.

"If they come down with the flu, we want them to come in [to the clinic] so we can treat them, get them over it faster and prevent pneumonia, that kind of trouble," said Dr. Brian Allen, director of student health at UW-L.

Both schools say professors are understanding about students missing class this time of year. It is recommended that anyone with the flu stay home until the person is fever-free for 24 hours without medication.

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