Preventing a district-wide flu outbreak

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The Texas Department of State Health Services says flu activity is increasing across the state.

That’s why another Central Texas school district has closed it’s doors for the rest of the week.

Due to the outbreak of the flu and flu-like symptioms, Buckholts ISD workers are disinfecting all school buildings.

This, just four weeks after Fairfield ISD dealth with a similar problem.

The district was forced to cancel classes on January 31st, 2019 and undergo a deep cleaning.

“I wish them the very best, it’s a hard thing to battle but at some point you have to get them out away from each other and just do some significant cleaning,” said Tony Price, Acting Superintendent for Fairfield ISD.

Last month about 20% of Fairfield ISD students called in sick, forcing the district to cancel classes.

“We closed on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, returned on Monday, we had a little over 100 out on Monday, by the end of the week we were down by 80 that were absent and then we’ve been rocking along in 90 to 100 since then,” said Price.

Price says for this time of year, that number is below average, meaning the steps they took to solve the problem worked.

“Flu is a respiratory droplet illness so that means you are sneezing and breathing it on to each other and think of kids in the close proximity that they are in all the time,” said Kelly Crane with the McLennan County Public Health District.

That’s why staying home when you are sick, and cleaning those commonly touched surfaces is so important.

“Just having everyone separated and not having sick people amongst us and sprading it makes a difference and then disinfecting is always a good thing. Just recognize that the germs are everywhere so just clean them off with a disinfected wipe something simple will take care of it,” said Crane.

The McLennan County Public Health District says although flu numbers are dropping in the county, flu activity is still much higher than previous years.

=”Flu is still in major circulation throughout Texas so be aware, we may be over that hump, those illnesses may start to go down, but your risk is still there, your still interacting and it only takes interacting with one person with the flu for you to get sick,” said Crane.
 

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