Mississippi health officials say they are prepared for the possibility of a widespread H1N1 flu outbreak this fall. But some are concerned about a possible shortage of school nurses, who are expected to be the first to notice ill students. Mississippi has 457 school nurses, or one for every 1,100 students; the national recommendation is one school nurse for every 750 students. A pending state budget cut of $171.9 million may further trim the number of school nurses.
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