KENT, OH (WOIO) - Kent State has one confirmed case of H1N1.
The student does not live in the residence halls and did not require hospitalization.
Knowing that the H1N1 flu is in Portage County and is affecting at least one Kent State student is not a surprise, and it only emphasizes the need to be extra diligent about washing your hands and covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.
There are hand sanitizing stations found in university buildings and residence halls. The university also encourages students to get a seasonal flu shot, either at a university-sponsored flu clinic, from a primary care physician or at a local retail pharmacy.
Oct. 4th is the official start of the seasonal flu season. University Health Services has tested hundreds of students. Most of the students have been diagnosed with common colds, bronchitis and strep throat. Only six students have actually had ILI (influenza-like illness), and this is Kent's first and only confirmed H1N1 flu case.
Those with flu-like symptoms this flu season should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. Most people with 2009 H1N1 flu have had mild illness and have not needed medical care or antiviral drugs. The same is true of seasonal flu.