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Campus moves to condition red over flu outbreak

Campus moves to condition red over flu outbreak

Amber Hernandez

January 31, 2018

The seasonal flu has made its way to campus affecting many students and staff members causing the flu code to change from a code yellow to a code red. Keith Williamson, Vinson Health Center's medical director, said the codes are a reflection of the number of cases on campus. “Understand the o...

Quarantine: MSU edition

The Wichitan

February 15, 2017

OUR VIEW: Sick students need to keep their illnesses in the confines of their own homes.Sniffling. Coughing. Puffy, red eyes. Scratchy throats and barely audible voices. These are just a few of the sounds and disgusting bodily functions that students experience as classes drag on through the campu...

Sickness hits softball team

Lauren Lindgren, freshman outfielder, runs to first base in the game against Oklahoma Panhandle State. Photo by Leah Bryce

Stephen Gomez

February 15, 2017

Though the girl's softball team has been performing well— holding a 6-6 record— they were hit with a troubling grand slam: sickness. Conditions on campus have spilled onto the playing field, taking players out with two cases of strep throat and three cases of the flu. With only nine girls for se...

It’s flu season. Love isn’t the only thing in the air.

According to the Vinson Health Center website, the University is on Condition Red.

Brendan Wynne

February 14, 2017

As Christmas trees and menorahs began to fade from shop displays and mall windows, the scarlet, heart-shaped candy boxes found their way at the forefront of every aisle marked seasonal in preparation for the festival of romance — Valentine’s Day. Though over-sized teddy bears and scarlet roses are gifts ...

Health Center to offer free flu vaccinations for students

Influenza virions, 100000x magnification

Yareli Lora

November 10, 2016

It’s that time of the year when students, faculty, and staff begin to experience a runny nose, feeling achy, and begin coughing. Students can even begin to notice other classmates sniffling, coughing and bringing tissues with them to class.According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, influenza viruses are spread...

Health center’s flu vaccine safer than previous years’

Photo courtesy of Carol Davis, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Samuel Sutton

October 28, 2015

Cold and flu season goes from December to February and that means the virus will start spreading like wildfire soon. The Vinson Health Center is offering the flu vaccine free for students. This year there is a new vaccine, the quadrivalent vaccine. It is the best vaccine in terms of limiting side effect...

Compare and contrast Ebola and the flu

Felicia Svanehed

October 23, 2014

Read More: More than 120 attend community meeting on Ebola Read More: Ebola: Just wash your hands Deaths EBOLA: One person died in United States FLU: 3,000 to 49,000 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "I believe the people are overreacting to the recent outbreak o...

500 flu shots available next week — maybe

Savanah Campbell

October 15, 2014

While the timing of flu season flu season is unpredictable, it can begin as early as October and continue as late as May. To help combat flu and missed class days, students can get a free fu shot. Tiffany Kosse, medical office manager at the health center, said, “I ordered 500 flu shots and they...

Vinson Health Center offers free flu shots to students

Landry Russell

December 4, 2013

Vinson Health Center offers free flu shots to students from MWSU Campus Watch on Vimeo. After reading over the vaccine fact sheet and signing a consent form, you’re taken to the examination room where they will check your temperature. Then you’re given the shot. “A flu shot is your only protection against the flu that we ca...

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