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Flu Hits USC-Columbia Students Hard

Thompson Student Health Center can't provide enough flu vaccines. Thompson Student Health Center can't provide enough flu vaccines.

By Meredith Harvie

University of South Carolina is experiencing one of the worst flu outbreaks in years. The Thompson Student Health Center reports almost 400 students have gotten sick. They also said they ordered about 2500 doese of flu vaccine, but had to order 200 more because the demand for them was so high.

Doctors at the Waverly Center Clinic say college students are at a higher risk to get the flu than other people.

"When you are in a dorm setting, that can put you at risk for catching just about everything," says Dr. Charmain Elgorato.

 Prescription drugs like Tamiflu are available at the health center to help those who already have the flu. It can help shorten the length of the virus.

 Doctors have a few suggestions to stay healthy:

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Drink lots of fluids
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Avoid those who are sick.

Symptoms of the flu include feeling achy, having a high fever, experiencing joint pain, or getting chills.  Experts say if you experience those symptoms you need to be seen by a doctor as soon as possible.

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