State universities install hand sanitizing stations
Dozens of hand sanitizing stations are now in place on college campuses across the state in an effort to combat the spread of the H1N1 virus.
At the Florida State University library, students walked by stations by the hundreds without stopping.
One such student, Kelli Wheeler, said she wasn't really worried about the H1N1 virus, but to her credit, she had hand sanitizer in her purse.
Each of the 11 state universities is coordinating education and communication messaging.
“So we can let people know this is not new artwork. Not like a statue that’s there for your viewing pleasure. It’s something to be used,” said Lesley Sacher, FSU Health Center Director.
For campus health officials, it is a question of when, not if, someone comes down with the flu.
One stand and an accompanying 2,000 doses of hand cleaner cost about $130. The problem is there aren’t enough of them to go around.
Suppliers can’t deliver enough of the sanitizing stands, and refills are already sold out. This could become a problem when the first case of the H1N1 virus hits a campus, and students stop just walking by the stands.
Health officials say they don’t know how much sanitizer they will go through, but even in a tight budget year, they vow to keep the stands supplied.
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