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College campuses try to prevent the spread of flu among returning students
Kent State University and the University of Akron have both sent out warnings to their students

Ozie Ikuenobe

Local college campuses are preparing for students’ return next week and trying to prevent the further spread of flu this season.

Kent State University sent out a warning asking students who have flu-like symptoms to stay home and not attend classes or any events on campus. Any students who won’t be able to go to class are advised to contact their professors as soon as possible.

Angela DeJulius, chief physician at Kent State, says that while the health center is doing all it can, people still need to be mindful of what they do on a daily basis.

DeJulius on flu prevention

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“Well we do have flu shots at the health center, and we will plan to keep them in stock as long as there is demand. You can imagine there is quite a lot of demand right now. And then the other measures would just be common sense.  Whether or not you got a flu shot, it still makes sense to wash your hands, cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, stay home if you’re ill with a fever. This should all be things we’re doing anyway.”

The University of Akron’s Health Services has also has e-mailed students, providing them with ways to prevent the spread of the flu.

Hospitals in Northeast Ohio have limiting visitors to try to limit the spread of the flu as well. 

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