Flu Season Looms, and Colleges Plead: 'Wash Your Hands'

As students return to their campuses for the start of the spring semester, colleges are bracing for what federal health officials predict could be a particularly severe flu season.

Two dozen states are already reporting high levels of "influenzalike illness," and all but three states and the District of Columbia show widespread flu, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On some campuses, health officials are preparing for the worst. They're