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STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -
The UW-Stevens Point campus looks a bit empty, but that will
all change next Tuesday when students return to class. According to health officials, they may bring
the flu virus with them.
"Influenza is peaking this week, we think, in the state. So,
there's every expectation that we may see some illness in the next few weeks as
students return," said Jen Sorenson, UWSP Student Health Service Administrative
Health officials said college campuses are prime places for
contagious illnesses to spread.
"We have a high number of students that live in our
residence halls, and they're living in very close quarters. So, obviously, the spread
of illness is definitely a concern," said Sorenson.
"I didn't get my vaccination this year just simply because I'm
not in the dorms, and I feel like if you live in the dorms, there's a higher
risk of you getting the flu," said Alyssa Berube, a UWSP sophomore.
And there are other areas students need to worry about.
"Sharing, you know, classroom spaces, desks, workspaces.
Obviously, computer kiosks also are a concern," said Sorenson.
Student Health Service leaders said they're focusing on prevention
"We're sending out the message to students that if they have
not been vaccinated, that is the key prevention strategy at this point," said
And the message is already reaching some students.
"The dean just sent out another email recommending that all students
get their vaccination before second semester starts. I think that's a very good
idea," said Berube.
Student Health Service officials said flu vaccinations are
free for students, and they have an ample supply.
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