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University of Arizona already dealing with busy flu season

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The University of Arizona is seeing a surge in flu-like cases.

Campus Health officials said they have seen around 100 flu-like cases in the past month, a number that is definitely not normal.

“It's unusual. Usually we don't see our first flu cases until late October, November or even beyond,” said Campus Health’s Director of Health Promotion & Preventive Services, David Salafsky. “Peak flu season for us usually happens after the new year.”

Salafsky said it’s impossible to know exactly why the campus is seeing so many cases as school gets back in session, but there are certain factors to consider.

“We've got people coming from all over the country and out of town,” he said.”[And] people on campus moving in, so that certainly could play a role.”

University of Arizona Senior, Kendall Georgatsos, is just getting over her illness. She said it’s obvious on campus that something is going around.

“Campus Health had tons of kids walking around with masks over their mouths, just trying to be cautious,” she said. “But I've heard of a lot of freshmen getting sick too.”

Salafsky said fortunately it looks like the cases are tapering off. He recommends anyone concerned about getting the flu get the vaccine, which is readily available on campus.

“Flu shots remain your first, best line of defense in terms of preventing the flu,” he said.

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