As much as 20 percent of U.S. residents get the flu every year, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

[caption id="attachment_59307" align="alignleft" width="150"]flu-mobile-app Mobile device usage on campuses could help doctors better understand flu outbreaks.[/caption]

The problem is even worse in the packed, close-knit environment that is a college campus, where one in every four students a year gets the flu.

Traditionally, campus health officials and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention have tracked flu outbreaks by monitoring the number of people being treated for...

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