Flu outbreak closes elementary school near Astoria

Henrietta Strickland
January 31, 2018

A school in North Riverside is closed for the rest of the week due to a flu outbreak among students. This year's flu season is the worst since 2009. The school district met with county and state health officials Monday and made a decision to close. From Florida and Oklahoma to IL and Arkansas, officials are closing not only because of the number of the student body who are sick but also to hopefully keep it from spreading. St. Patrick High School on Chicago's North Side is also dealing with a rise in flu cases. "This is coupled with the very high amount of students who were called in sick prior to the school day". That's reported to be one-seventh of the students at the all-boys Catholic school. The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy found itself in a similar situation and closed for the first time in 30 years because the illness was spreading so rapidly through their residential campus. "If no one has the medicine, it's only going to get worse".

"I do know that closing school for 4 days can be an inconvenience for families, most of our families have both parents are working, however we don't want their kids to get sick and i will say our communities has been positive", Supt. "I need to ensure that our students are safe and not exposed to the virus".

Nearly 12,000 people in the United States have been hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza since the season started, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. There have been at least 37 children killed from the flu this season around the country.

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