Home > Parents & Students > Student Health > Health Information

Health Information 

West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus is a seasonal epidemic in North America that flares up in the summer and continues into the fall. The fact sheet below contains important information that can help you recognize and prevent West Nile virus. Learn what you can do to prevent being infected by this potentially serious disease.

Disease Prevention

CDC-TV – Put Your Hands Together

H1N1 Flu Resources

JPS Message on H1N1

Jackson Public Schools is aware of the nationwide public health concern regarding Swine Influenza cases reported in the United States, including several states in the South.

Swine Flu is a contagious respiratory disease found commonly in pigs that has now spread to humans. Currently the state of Mississippi is NOT reporting any confirmed cases of Swine Flu. Swine Flu is not connected in any way to the consumption of pork or pork products.

Jackson Public Schools wants to remind parents and staff members of the importance of prevention and how to stay safe.

What You Can Do To Prevent Swine Flu:

  • Cover nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
  • Throw tissue away after use and wash hands
  • Wash hands often with soap and water whenever possible
  • Use alcohol containing hand sanitizers (follow instructions on the bottle) when soap and water are not practical
  • Avoid close contact
  • Limit contact if sick
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
  • If you are sick, stay home.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever (temperature 100 degrees or higher)
  • Cough
  • Runny Nose
  • Sore Throat
  • Body Aches
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • May include Nausea, Vomiting and Diarrhea

If you or your child is showing symptoms of the Swine Flu, please consult a physician. If your child is sick, please keep them at home until they are no longer contagious.

This is not a time for panic, but rather for prevention and awareness.

For more information on Swine Flu, contact the Mississippi Department of Health at 601-576-7725.