Swine Flu U
There are hundreds of cases of Swine Flu on Florida college campuses, and we are still weeks away from receiving the vaccine. College students will be one of the last groups to receive the vaccine. However, they don’t seem too worried about catching the virus.
The Department of Health is advising college students and everyone else to get a seasonal flu shot right now, even if they plan to get a swine flu shot later on.
Florida State Freshman Kyle Wilkes is living uncomfortably close to some sick students. “Right next door, they actually had a note on the door that said ‘swine flu do not enter’” said Wilkes.
There have been 336 cases of swine flu on FSU’s campus since the start of the school year. Florida A & M has reported 80. There are 450 possible cases at the University of Florida.
There are even a few unconfirmed cases on the University of Florida’s football team, which could be the top-ranked Gator's biggest opponent this fall.
Last week, Wakulla High School canceled its football game because 15 of its players were out with the Swine Flu. Quarterback Coach Joshua Manning says his team is bracing for the worst. “Eventually they are saying all of them will end up getting sick" said Coach Manning. "We’re going to go to Styrofoam cups so you know they are not touching each other.”
While the vaccine is expected by mid October, students will be one of the last groups to receive the shot.
So far 91 Floridians have died from the H1N1 virus. There is no confirmation if any of the victims were college students.
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