Tennessee is one of the worst states in the country for flu activity, and HHS nurse Sue Buckberry says the school is beginning to see cases of the potentially serious virus.
Buckberry told The Ville News on Thursday (Dec. 5) that she knows of at least four confirmed cases of flu at the school.
Just this week, she said, 20 students have come to her with flu-like symptoms.
A flu test is required to verify true cases since other illnesses can have some of the same symptoms.
Buckberry said she has seen more flu at this point in the school year than she did at this time last year.
The Centers for Disease Control reports that Tennessee is one of nine states with “widespread” flu activity for the week ending Nov. 23 – the most recent week for which statistics are available.
To guard against the disease, everyone 6 months or older should get an annual flu shot and avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth, the CDC recommends.
Other precautions against the flu, which kills more than 30,000 Americans each year, include frequent hand-washing and disinfecting surfaces and objects that could be contaminated with germs like the flu.
Flu season generally begins in October or November and can continue as late as May, according to the CDC.
Story by Owen Wilson and Topanga Horton