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OSD in News for ORCHARDS Flu Study

Dr. Brian Busler and students from Brooklyn Elementary were featured in a Channel 03 New Segment on Oregon School District's participation in the ORCHARDS flu study.

What Is Orchards?

ORCHARDS is a public health cold and flu study sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study is led by Dr. Jonathan Tmepte, MD, PhD, and Share Barlow at the UW – Department of Family Medicine. This study involves cold and flu monitoring in students, from grades kindergarten through high school (4K-12, ages 4 – 19.5 years) in the Oregon School District. The study identifies the viruses causing illness, including influenza, in Oregon schools and seeks to understand how these illnesses affect school absences.


Students may be eligible to participate in the ORCHARDS study if they meet the following criteria:

  1. They have a cold or the flu or believe they may be coming down with a cold or the flu
  2. They have 2 or more of the following symptoms:
    • Nasal discharge (runny nose)
    • Nasal congestion (stuffy nose)
    • Sneezing
    • Sore throat
    • Cough
    • Fever
  3. They are 4-18+ years old and enrolled in the Oregon School District, grades 4K-12

If eligible, a study representative will come to your home Students receive a $20 gift card in exchange for participating inthe study. Families are also offered the option to participate in exchange for an additional $50 gift card.  Participation must occur within 7 days of symptom onset.

How to Learn More

Learn more by visiting the ORCHARDS website or calling 608-265-3164.