| By HARUKA KOSUGI
Pressure in his head. Body aches. Congestion. The trio of flu-like symptoms convinced Chris LaGatta to make an appointment at Michael Hall, where he was waiting to be seen Tuesday afternoon.
He had yet to be diagnosed, but LaGatta, a junior psychology major, said he thinks he caught the bug from his roommates while living in Hadley Village.
LaGatta is one of the many UB students who have headed for Michael Hall with flu-like symptoms since the start of the semester.
Fifty-three flu-related pediatric deaths have been reported nationwide by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention so far this flu season, which is expected to be one of the worst flu seasons of the decade.
If it follows the typical cycle, cases of the flu will peak at UB within the next few weeks, said Susan Snyder, director of the UB student health services.
“This trend occurs due to the influx of students returning to campus from all over the globe as well as the incubation period of the influenza viruses,” Snyder said.
However, after a relatively quiet flu season in the fall with no positive influenza tests or clinician diagnosed influenza until after the fall semester, the number of cases of flu diagnosed at the Student Health Services is consistent with previous years, Snyder said.
Still, the number of flu cases in New York State as a whole is increasing, consistent with national reports.
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