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2/5/04-East Texas

Schools See Rise In Flu Related Absences

It looks like the flu may be making it's way around East Texas. A number of East Texas school districts are reporting higher than normal absentee rates this week, with most of those absences being blamed on the flu.

Officials inWhitehouse Independent School District report about 10% of students have not shown up for classes this week. School officials said that's about double the normal amount.

Those who keep track of the virus said it's not uncommon to see such high numbers this time of year.

"February is usually a very busy clinic month and then often November right before Thanksgiving is busy with various complaints of upper respiratory or sore throats," said Joyce Hahn, Nursing Coordinator, Whitehouse ISD.

To help prevent the spread of flu, Whitehouse ISD has placed hand sanitizer in all of it's classrooms. There are a few things you can do.

Health officials recommend the 3 C's which are: Clean. Wash your hands often scrubbing at least 20 seconds. Cover. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Contain. Steer clear of others if they are sick or if you are sick.

For more information contact the Texas Department of State Health Services at www.texasflu.org

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