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OSD Addresses Flu-Related Illnesses on School Campuses

Oxford, Mississippi (February 9, 2017)—The Oxford School District has reported a number of students and staff absent this week due to flu-like illnesses. School officials have spoken with state public health officials today regrading the high volume of flu-like illnesses in the school district.

The Mississippi Department of Health does not recommend closing schools. The Oxford School District does not plan to close schools based upon this recommendation.

According to public health officials the closing of individual schools has not proven to be an effective control measure. By the time absenteeism is high enough to warrant closing, it is too late to prevent spread.

The Mississippi State Department of Health encourages protective hygiene to prevent the flu and protect those at risk.

Stop the Spread of Cold & Flu

Flu Prevention Tips

Below are recommendations to prevent the flu and protect those at risk:

  • Clean your hands
    Clean hands prevent the spread of flu virus. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly to stay healthy.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
    The flu virus easily enters the body when you touch a contaminated surface and transfer the virus to the eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick
    You are more likely to catch the flu if you are already sick with a cold or other illness. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick to keep yourself and others well.
  • Cover your mouth and nose
    Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing to prevent the spread of any illness to others.
  • Avoid close contact
    Flu spreads easily: avoid close contact with those who are ill. If you are sick, avoid contact with others to keep them well.

When to Return to School?

Public health officials say students who have been diagnosed with the flu may return to school when they are free of fever and are feeling well without the use of acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin).

The mission of the Oxford School District is to challenge every student to reach his or her maximum potential, thereby
developing highly educated, responsible, college or career ready citizens who will take an active role in society.