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College Students Should Get a Flu Shot
Dorm living, large classes increase their exposure to the virus, doctor notes
-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, Jan. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- It's the peak of flu season, and not being vaccinated can be risky for college students, a doctor warns.
"Although college students generally are very healthy, living in close proximity to one another and attending large classes gives them more exposure to contagious viruses such as the flu," Dr. Susan Even, executive director of the student health center at the University of Missouri, said in a university news release.
Fewer than half of Americans have received a flu shot, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Even outlined other ways -- in addition to getting a flu shot -- that college students can protect themselves and others from the flu:
Even said school officials can help prevent the spread of the flu in several ways. They include:
The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about flu prevention.
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