March 12, 2007
Throughout the 2006-2007 school year, blue Mflu.org posters have been spotted around the dorms. These posters are offering money incentives to students who sign up to participate in a weekly online survey about their hygiene habits. The goal, as stated on http://www.mflu.org is to find out the “effectiveness of non-pharmaceutical interventions in preventing the spread of influenza” since the flu vaccine is not always available or one hundred percent accurate. Ironically enough, you are actually paid extra if you do have flu symptoms. Students will be awarded an extra $25.00 to have a throat swab taken when they have the chills, aches, or a sore throat.
This study, conducted by two doctors, is really important since the flu vaccines are not always available during a flu outbreak. Not only are college students (who are usually known to be broke) making money, but also, they are helping to do significant research. It is very common for the flu to viciously spread around college campuses since teenagers who are living in the dorm are among so many other students all the time. Thus, the questions are specific to college life. For example: Do you wash your hands after riding on the bus? Do you wash your hands when returning to the dorm? Hopefully, the doctors will find helpful results for the future of students.
Posted by abmann at March 12, 2007 11:38 PM