Thousands of students have already come down with influenza. This fall, since the virus is torn through college and university Campuses, even as health centers are working to keep Covid-19 at bay.

After an almost non-existent influenza season last winter, the family virus has returned, said William Schaffner, professor of infectious diseases at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

"Last year we had a historically low flu because we were scaring. Masks, assisting many activities virtually, and our children did not go to school either," Schaffner said. "Now we are opening, trying to take off our masks and return to the activities in person, even on the university Campuses, so we anticipate, of course, it will return."

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    The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is fighting against a particularly serious outbreak at this time. Almost 530 students have received a diagnosis of influenza since the beginning of October, according to a press release. Last week, the University identified 313 cases of influenza, which reflected a test positivity rate of 37 percent. The previous week, Michigan documented 198 cases, with a test positivity rate of 27.2 percent.

    "While we often started to see some flu activity now, the size of this outbreak is unusual", Juan Luis Márquez, director doctor with the Washtenaw County Health Department, said in the Press release. googleg.cmd.push (function () googleg.display ("dfp-ad-article_in_article"););

    More than three quarters of students who tested positives for influenza have not been vaccinated against the virus this year. University officials ask students and employees to obtain the flu vaccine as soon as possible.

    The outbreak will not necessarily impact the residents of Ann Arbor immediately, "but increases concerns about what the flu season can bring," said Marquez.

    The County Health Department and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are investigating the outbreak with the help of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts are trying to determine how effective the flu vaccine is in the prevention of the disease and evaluate the way in which the virus is extending on campus.

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    "Association with the CDC will accelerate our understanding of How can you develop this regional flu season and regional level in the environment of the Covid-19 pandemia, "Executive Director of the University of Lindsey Matrenson, an interim of the University Health Service, said in a press release.

    Some influenza experts are concerned that the low exposure to last year's flu virus may have weakened people's immune systems, Schaffner said. As a result, the country could experience a more extreme flu season.

    Even so, "speculating on the flu is useless, because it is very difficult to predict," she said. "I can not tell you if it's going to be a mild, moderate or severe season."

    Officials at the University of Georgia are also urging students to get their flu vaccines as the university works to prevent an extended outbreak. . The Banner-Herald of Athens reported on Monday


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