By now, you have probably noticed news stories regarding flu symptoms on the rise. Influenza (also known as flu) is a very common respiratory disease. Influenza is not what is commonly referred to as the “stomach flu”, which is a term used by some to describe illnesses causing vomiting or diarrhea. Flu is caused by a virus and there are two main types labeled as A or B. Within each type there are many related strains which can change every year. This is the reason a person can get influenza more than once. As we try to keep our students healthy during this flu season, we want to share some information, signs and symptoms, and how we can all work together to decrease the spread of flu.