As part of the ongoing fight to stop the spread of the H1N1 virus, Student Health Services at The University of Southern Mississippi is distributing 200 flu prevention kits.
More than 2,500 of the goody bags have been distributed to Mississippi’s eight public universities through a State Institutions of Higher Learning initiative. The Mississippi Department of Health is funding the cooperative effort. The kit contains a hand sanitizer, pocket pack of tissues, door hanger with health tips and a pamphlet on the H1N1 virus.
“We’ll distribute a lot of the bags to the residence halls on campus and then leave some here at the clinic for people to pick up on a first-come, first-serve basis,” said Jodi Tate, health educator/coordinator at Southern Miss.
Dr. Virginia Crawford, director of Student Health Services, said the university has seen approximately 120 confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza. The campus clinic still offers the flu mist vaccine to students, faculty and staff. Crawford stressed the importance of taking this free preventive measure.
“There’s been a lot of uncertainty about the mist because some people believe it will actually make them sick,” said Crawford. “But that’s not the case at all. Everybody on this campus should come by and take advantage of this vaccine while it’s still available.
“What people need to understand is that by getting the flu mist vaccine they’re not only keeping themselves healthy but also helping us stop this from becoming more widespread on our campus and in the community.”
Crawford said she hopes the clinic will have the N1N1 injection vaccine on hand in the near future.
Student Health Services will administer the flu mist vaccine to the following groups only:
• People between the age of 12-24
• People who work in the health care field or live with an infant less than 6 months old
For more information about the flu prevention kits or the flu mist vaccine, call 601-266-5390.
Jodi Tate, health educator/coordinator at The University of Southern Mississippi, assembles flu prevention kits to be distributed throughout campus. (Office of University Communications photo by Van Arnold)
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.