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Flu Concerns on University of Nevada Campus

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The University of Nevada Wolf Shop was crowded Monday as the next semester of college students collected what they'll need for classes that start Tuesday. And health officials say they may want to add flu shots and extra Kleenex to those lists.

"We've seen this year's strain of the flu before," says UNR's Medical Director for Student Health, Cheryl Hug-English. "It's H1N1. But last time we saw it it was concern for the very young and the elderly. This time it seems to be hitting younger folks in their college years or 30 and even 40's."

There have been six deaths in Washoe County so far this flu season and five of those deaths were to younger, what you'd consider as stronger people.

"Classrooms add their own complications," Hug-English says. "Not only are students kept indoors but they are in pretty close quarters and that can just make it easier for viruses to spread."

If you haven't had a flu shot and want one, there are still plenty of shots here and available through clinics, primary care physicians. and campus clinics. Officials also say that keeping Kleenex on hand to contain germs, keeping hands washed and clean and staying home if you feel ill, can help keep from spreading the flu.

Written by Erin Breen  

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