Indications are that the country’s extensive influenza outbreak has peaked, but members of The University of Southern Mississippi community are being warned to keep their guards up.
Jodi Ryder, Southern Miss health education and promotion coordinator, says that the campus clinic is seeing only sporadic cases of the flu since students returned from the holiday break. But she emphasizes the importance of taking proper precautions until the threat has officially ceased.
“Because we are in such a close-knit environment on a college campus, we really encourage students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated to protect themselves,” said Ryder. “The flu season isn’t over yet, so anyone who has not yet been vaccinated is encouraged to take precautions and get their flu shot.”
Ryder notes that the vaccine remains available and will be provided to those requesting immunization until the supply is exhausted. The Southern Miss clinic has seen a noticeable rise in flu cases this year, mirroring a trend that has prevailed throughout the U.S. this winter.
The clinic’s hours are: Monday-Wednesday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For more information call, 601.266.5390.