Hillsdale College is beginning to see the effects of the nation-wide flu outbreak this week, with several students visiting the Amber Health Center sick.
Linda Snoes, the office assistant for the center, said there have been 10 positive cases for influenza on campus. Still more are being tested.
“It’s been crazy,” Snoes said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention puts out a weekly map tracking the flu outbreak. Oregon joined Hawaii and Washington, D.C. this week on the list of places without “widespread” outbreaks in the United States.
Although the campus center is reporting climbing reports of the flu, Hillsdale Hospital has seen no change.
“We haven’t seen an uptick,” said Doris Whorley, the hospital’s director of risk management. “We haven’t seen a decrease, either.”
Whorley said the hospital is still administering flu vaccines to patients who want it. The flu season is predicted to end in March.
“The CDC is still encouraging people to get one,” Whorley said.
The CDC website lists the symptoms of the flu as fever, a cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, aches, headaches, and fatigue.
The health center encourages those who are feeling sick to take appropriate action.
“Stay out of circulation like you’re told,” Snoes said.