University urges precautions for H1N1 flu
August 20, 2009
During the summer, officials at Mississippi State began preparing an educational campaign in advance of anticipated cases of H1N1 with the beginning of classes. We hope you've had a chance to review information posted on the FluWATCH Web site at http://www.flu.msstate.edu/. Taking precautions suggested at this site can be your best defense against illness.
As expected, with the return of students living in close proximity to each other, the campus has experienced a steady increase in the number of flu-like cases seen at our Longest Student Health Center. The health center is providing kits of helpful items to those diagnosed with the flu, and soon will begin to provide a supply of masks to residence halls for those who may be living in close quarters with others who contract the flu.
There is a need for precaution, but not alarm.
Here are some important facts to remember:
- So far, H1N1 symptoms are very similar to those of seasonal flu.
- The numbers of reported cases also are similar to those of seasonal flu.
- While the university continues to report the number of probable cases of H1N1, only the Mississippi State Department of Health can confirm actual cases.
- For most people, the symptoms will subside in approximately 7 days.
- We are monitoring H1N1 developments daily and are closely in touch with our state health department and other response officials.
Please monitor our FluWATCH Web site for developments and suggestions, and please follow the guidelines suggested for maintaining YOUR good health.