Flu cases have spiked in the Walker County Schools system.Superintendent Dr. Joel Hagood confirmed Tuesday that 182 students had been diagnosed with the flu system-wide as of Monday, compared to only …
Flu cases have spiked in the Walker County Schools system.
Superintendent Dr. Joel Hagood confirmed Tuesday that 182 students had been diagnosed with the flu system-wide as of Monday, compared to only 42 students being diagnosed roughly two weeks ago.
"Even though that sounds like a lot, when you're talking about over 7,000 students, that's still a low percentage," Hagood said. "Some communities have been hit a lot harder than others."
The majority of flu cases have been confirmed at Sumiton Middle School and Carbon Hill Jr. High School, while other schools have had less than 10 students diagnosed.
Hagood said the hardest hit schools are going to be fogged for disinfection after school hours, and proper hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer is being highly encouraged, along with other precautions.
"Our nurses work hard to emphasize that with our kids," Hagood said.
Parents are being encouraged to not send their children to school if they have fever and are exhibiting flu-like symptoms.
Data for confirmed flu cases in Jasper City Schools will be reported in Thursday's edition of the Daily Mountain Eagle.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Alabama is one of 45 states with widespread flu activity.