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Flu season wrapping up in time for Spring semester

"I just got super sick, super fast, almost overnight. I was really hoping it'd go away by the first day of class and thankfully it did!" said student Julia Sloan.

Posted: Jan 22, 2018 5:39 PM

"My friends had been sick for a while and weren't getting better .. They were bed-bound, they couldn't move without feeling like they were going to fall to the ground," said CSU, Chico student Karla Camacho.

We all know the dreaded symptoms - a fever, cough, sore throat, aches, fatigue, maybe a runny nose.

"I just got super sick, super fast, almost overnight. I was really hoping it'd go away by the first day of class and thankfully it did!" said student Julia Sloan.

On the first day of the Spring semester, Chico State students are bracing themselves for the return to the close-quarters of the college campus.

"We were really scared, because I'm in a sorority and we were super scared that we were going to get sick and it was going to be this whole chaos," said Camacho.

Since December, Enloe Medical Center in Chico has had 662 flu patients come in. 109 of them were actually admitted.

"It's really petrifying how fast virus and bacteria can evolve to become even stronger than we are, so it's really petrifying to me," said Camacho.

Too many students say they had to make the difficult decision between putting their classmates at risk or missing important material.

"Times get busy, you miss school, and grades start going down," said student Fabian Avalos. "I got sick for a half week, I missed class and sort of just spread it across."

But health care pros all agree: If you have the symptoms, stay home!

"You hear about one students coming to school sick and the whole class gets sick, and the teacher gets sick," Karen Kimmelschue, sorority chapter advisor at CSU, Chico.

While there's no real way to see it coming,some say they build a defense with vitamins, hand-washing, even wearing a mask.

"I never get sick - I just try to go the the gym, keep my immune system up, all the things the doctor recommends," said Carlos Nunez.

Plus, Nunez says he always gets a flu shot, which this year had a 33% success rate in Butte County.

"I myself went and got the flu shot as soon as the season came around and I've been pushing my friends to make sure they did as well," said Avalos.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3095814

Reported Deaths: 35549
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Los Angeles104602114641
San Bernardino2587421561
Riverside2558082739
San Diego2197312222
Orange2178492546
Santa Clara959361158
Kern87240572
Fresno83591968
Sacramento816871128
Alameda69107842
Ventura63413462
San Joaquin58843788
Contra Costa53349460
Stanislaus43392773
Tulare42186515
Monterey36464255
San Mateo33207309
San Francisco29665274
Solano26191108
Santa Barbara25405243
Imperial25380486
Merced24570316
Sonoma24262242
Kings19588148
Placer17584186
San Luis Obispo16056140
Madera13585151
Santa Cruz12461113
Marin11732159
Yolo10852138
Shasta9750123
Butte9582128
El Dorado788649
Sutter782879
Napa773145
Lassen519916
San Benito504246
Yuba499627
Tehama433244
Tuolumne340340
Nevada323874
Mendocino319232
Amador303631
Lake264631
Humboldt245825
Glenn195520
Colusa17969
Calaveras163723
Siskiyou145713
Mono11244
Inyo98329
Del Norte8672
Plumas5895
Modoc3853
Mariposa3464
Trinity3044
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