MSU Prepares For Swine Flu

By: Chris Sutter Email
By: Chris Sutter Email

Some Spartan students are already back on campus, and the clock is ticking until the rest of them return.

Michigan State University is wasting no time in preparing for what those students may bring with them.

"The University population is almost by definition an at-risk population," Dr. Dean Sienko of the Ingham County Health Department explains.

The second wave of swine flu is expected to arrive on campus at the same time as the regular flu-- packing a double punch that could hit students hard.

"When you've got a virus that spreads this easily, you've got to really monitor it close, and make sure plans are in place to deal with the effects," MSU Spokesman, Kent Cassella says.

One part of the plan is extending the boundaries of their attendance policy so that when people are sick they stay at home.

That policy will change on a case by case basis, unless the virus becomes widespread like Dr. Dean Sienko of the Ingham County Health Dept. is thinking it very well could.

In fact, he says over 100 thousand in mid-Michigan could get swine flu and since a lot of them could be on campus, he is suggesting immunization.

"Our recommendation would be that they vaccinate a large part of their population," Sienko says.

He adds that he'll more like than likely request a big vaccination campaign for students at a venue like the Breslin-- so a mass amount of people can get the shots needed in the hurry.

As for now the University is preaching personal hygiene to stop the pandemic in its tracks.

"You have to think about those that are around you and keep them safe while you're getting better," Cassella explains.

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