Stopping the Flu from Spreading in Schools

By: Alex Snyder Email
By: Alex Snyder Email

MINGO COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The flu season is well underway, and this year’s strain is hitting hard, killing dozens of children nationwide.

Rachel Vance’s daughter goes to Lenore Middle School, but she is home sick with the flu.

"She's tested positive for Type A and B, she's highly contagious, fever of 102.7," said Vance, whose daughter will be staying home the rest of the week.

But now Vance wants other parents and the schools to take caution.

Just last week, Martin County Schools in Kentucky closed their district for a top to bottom cleaning to keep the flu from spreading.

"As far as it being really that bad right now, no," said Barbara Baisden, who has taught in Mingo County for 26 years. She said she hasn’t seen any more absences this year than in the past.

"If they start sneezing or something, you know, we wipe the table where they're at and we make sure they wash their hands good. I mean, we've talked about it," Baisden said.

Still, Vance wants the schools to take action before the sickness spreads.

"They sweep, they mop, take the trash out, the least they can get by with. They really need to be disinfecting the schools, not just half doing the job," Vance said.

And she hopes it happens before other families have to go through the same as hers.

"They're going to treat the whole family to keep us all from coming down with it," Vance said. "The medicine cost me today over $200 to treat my whole family."


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