Swine Flu May Present Challenges for State

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Public and private health officials say Mississippi's in a position to handle the threat posed by the swine flu spreading across schools, colleges, daycares and workplaces.

But the state could find itself at a disadvantage in at least one area: school nurses.

Mississippi's student-to-nurse ratio is below national recommendations, and it remains to be seen how Gov. Haley Barbour's latest budget cuts could affect funding for the nurses.

To date, the Mississippi Department of Health has confirmed 622 cases and two deaths.


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  • by Barbara Location: Philadelphia, MS on Sep 7, 2009 at 08:58 PM
    School nurses are a must they can check out the children and call the parents just because they can't prescibe medicine does not mean we don't need them they are there to take care of our children .
  • by Anonymous on Sep 7, 2009 at 09:39 AM
    Why are school nurses so important? They can't diagnose or prescribe medicine. What is the big deal outside of politics aimed at the governor? If a kid has swine flu he is going to the doctor, not the school nurse.
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