- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 3, 2009

RICHMOND | A few of Virginia’s colleges and universities are reporting clusters of influenzalike illnesses as they await the availability of the vaccine for the swine flu later this fall.

Many schools have been working with public health officials on influenza strategies and have set up H1N1 information pages on their Web sites with prevention, treatment and recovery guidelines.

The University of Virginia says 23 students have reported flu symptoms since the start of the academic year about 10 days ago and school health officials anticipate a significant outbreak because thousands of students have returned to Charlottesville from around the world.

The College of William and Mary will continue taking measures it started last year, such as installing more hand-sanitizer dispensers and putting up more signs in high-traffic locations, including one in the student workout center reminding exercisers to wipe down their machines to prevent the spread of germs, spokesman Brian Whitson said.

University of Richmond officials this week set up a flu-information call center for students, parents, faculty and staff and have scheduled immunization clinics for late October, when they anticipate getting the vaccine. A small number of cases of flulike illnesses have been reported at the school and across town at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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