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Ithaca College battles flu outbreak, more than two dozen ill

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The Central New York college is reporting a influenza outbreak, which as of Tuesday, at least 25 cases have been reported, according to a CNY Central News report Jan. 30.

Justine Schaff, the Medical Director of the Hammond Health Center notes that they are seeing 10 to 15 new cases daily.

"Most of our patients are having body aches, fever, sore throat, cough and some nasal congestion. I would say most of the cases have been mild," she said.

The health center has been providing free flu shots to all students, faculty and staff. As of the report, 1,200 flu shots have been administered.

On the Ithaca College Twitter account late Thursday, the school tweeted:

Strong response to flu alert. Health Center getting more vaccines. Students should call for appointment; fac/staff see your health provider.

In Tompkins County, New York, where Ithaca College is located, as in the rest of the country, the influenza A H1N1strain is predominant.

During week three of 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that New York state is one of 41 states seeing widespread flu activity.

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