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Editorial: Flu preparations are praiseworthy, but professors should be sympathetic

Issue date: 10/2/09 Section: Opinion
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The flu is something no one wants to have, regardless of what year it is or what can be done to prevent it. But due to increased flu activity caused by the prevalence of H1N1 (or swine flu), in addition to the presence of typical seasonal flu strains, it seems like a good idea to review what sort of prevention efforts are ongoing at Case Western Reserve University. We would like to congratulate efforts at flu prevention on campus, but also encourage professors to be more flexible when it comes to allowing students to deal with recovery without excessive strain.

A group of administrators and faculty members, somewhat ominiously known as the "Emerging Infections Committee," is most to credit for positive steps on campus regarding flu prevention. Informational cards and flyers are helpful, and encouraging everyone to wash their hands and cover their cough is expected, but the installation of hand sanitizer-dispensers around campus is a real benefit which should prove useful even beyond the current flu scare.

While the committee seems to have backed off initial promises from months ago concerning updates on how widespread the flu is on campus, this is understandable considering that the novel flu strain doesn't seem to prove to be particularly severe for those affected.

Particularly appreciated is a well-implemented vaccination campaign. Information about numerous upcoming opportunities to obtain flu vaccine has been offered proactively, with selected locations for these opportunities convenient for most students as well. We have every indication to believe that once the H1N1 vaccine becomes available in the next few weeks, information about when it will be offered will be easy to locate.

Our main hope is that professors understand that students who are ill should be allowed adequate opportunity to make up their work. While many professors on campus are perfectly helpful in this respect, there are some still out there who are so inflexible that it is easier to come into class sick to take a test than it is to deal with making arrangements to take it later. There's no question that these situations are often a hassle for professors, but these situations are no less stressful for students, and a bit of flexibility here goes a long way.
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